Posts Tagged ‘adverts’

The hospital in the carnival procession

January 26, 2015

Here we have a photo we do not know all that much about. We are confident it was taken in Easterton which was where the carnival processions for ‘Hospital Week’ always lined up. Sadly we can’t date the photo or, at present, name any of the people.

A carnival float in Easterton - but when, and who are the people?

A carnival float in Easterton – but when, and who are the people?

This is a carnival float mounted on a small four wheeled waggon.  On the float a young patient, with a bandaged head is being tended by a nurse. The scene definitely portrays an era when it was the job of nurses to care for patients, rather than to be harassed by paper work. Two young lads and a lady are also by the bedside.

The characters in the hospital tableau

The characters in the hospital tableau

In front of the waggon there is a rather ragged girl, a young man attempting to look a bit of a toff and a lass dressed in adverts. We’ll enlarge her for those ads might give a clue to the date.

The advert girl includes an ad for Bird's Blancmange

The advert girl includes an ad for Bird’s Blancmange

There is also a small child at the left, looking on.

The waggon is nicely decorated with flowers. Twigs with leaves have been woven into the spoked wheels.

Can anyone out there throw any further light on this picture?


Adverts for Porage

June 15, 2014

Today we are looking at more of the adverts that Harry Hobbs had at his High Street shop in Market Lavington and today we concentrate on one product still available today – porage oats.

Please don’t comment on the spelling. Yes, we thought it should be porridge as well. But on these adverts it is clearly porage.

Here’s one ad – a cheery Scottish lad is full of the right stuff and by him is a packet of Scott’s Porage Oats featuring its well-known shot putting Scotsman.

Porage oats ad from harry Hobbs' shop on High Street, Market Lavington

Porage oats ad from Harry Hobbs’ shop on High Street, Market Lavington

We think this dates from the 1950s.

Our other ad for this product features a giant packet of porage with an insert in the top of it.

This ad is a giant sized box and probably dates from the 1950s or 60s

This ad is a giant sized box and probably dates from the 1950s or 60s

The interesting addition on this packet is the cost of a plateful.

'Less than a penny a plateful'

‘Less than a penny a plateful’

It’s said to be less than a penny a plateful – and this would be the pre-decimal penny and there were 240 of them to the pound.

We are sure these ads will bring back memories for many a person of a certain age.

From Harry Hobbs’ Shop

June 13, 2014

We have met Harry before on this blog. (Click here). We know that Harry’s father in law bought the grocery business opposite The Green Dragon because Harry’s job as a bus driver had been curtailed by injury. He and his wife ran the shop from 1934 through to 1968.

During that time manufacturers, no doubt, provided Harry with all sorts of advertising material and some large card adverts have just come to light. They had been stored in the loft above the shop. We think they date from the 1950s.

Some are for products still familiar to us.

Large card Ovaltine ad from Harry Hobbs' shop on High Street, Market Lavington. 1950s

Large card Ovaltine ad from Harry Hobbs’ shop on High Street, Market Lavington.

This is not the only one of these big signs to feature a cherubic, fair haired lad. He must have been a popular image back in the 50s – perhaps the kind of son every mum would have wanted.

But here’s a hanging ad for a lesser known product.

Hanging card ad for Ismay electric lamps - also from Harry Hobbs' shop.

Hanging card ad for Ismay electric lamps – also from Harry Hobbs’ shop.

Well first of all – proper light bulbs. Yes, they burn more electricity than the modern ones, but didn’t they give a nicer light?

With apologies to Ismay lamps, we haven’t heard of them although clearly they were made in England – Essex, we understand. Presumably Harry sold these lamps. Perhaps he had a bayonet fitting he could plug them into to test them. Some of us, who remember the 50s, do recall that shopkeepers did do this and that may explain the somewhat open nature of the packaging.

This is just a small part of this find at Harry’s old shop. No doubt we’ll see more in the future on this blog.

We don’t have space to display them in the museum at the moment, so look out for them at events. Weather permitting we’ll have them at local fetes this year. They are such lovely items that speak volumes about those times, around 60 years ago.


Devizes Rural District Council – 1967

January 21, 2014
Guide to Devizes Rural District in 1967

Guide to Devizes Rural District in 1967

That’s a lovely front cover with a cornucopia implying wealth and prosperity.

This little booklet has recently been given to the museum. Apart from our own parishes of Market Lavington and Easterton, it covers all of those parishes which surrounded Devizes and were a part of the rural district. Of course, here we concentrate on our two parishes and this is the brief description given of the parishes. Distance and direction from Devizes are given

EASTERTON (7 miles S.) rises towards the Plain and includes extensive downland and woods. The church of St. Barnabas was built in 1866. There is a handsome old manor house at Eastcott, an interesting Manor House in Easterton village and Willoughbys, a historical gem in White Street. A new brick village hall has been erected by voluntary contribution. Local industry includes a jam factory.

In a remote part on the boundary of this parish lies Wroughton’s Folly, the site of a vanished 18th century house belonging to the Wroughton family and called Maggot Castle.

MARKET LAVINGTON (6 miles S.). From medieval times until the mid-nineteenth century a weekly market was held in Market Lavington, chiefly for the sale of sheep and corn. This large village is attractively situated amidst sheltering trees below the Plain. The church, dedicated to St. Mary of The Assumption, is of 14th century dating, with a Perpendicular tower and clerestory to the nave. Fragments of Norman masonry survive from an earlier building. The Chantry chapel founded by Peter de la Mere in 1343 is dedicated to St. Katherine and St. Margaret and has a spiral stairway to the former rood loft.

The Victorian Manor House is now occupied as a dormitory for boys at Dauntsey’s School in the neighbouring Parish at West Lavington.

The legend of the drummer boy, related by R. H. Barham in Ingoldsby Legends, whose accusing ghost appeared to his murderer and caused him to confess, is set on the old road across the Plain from Market Lavington to Salisbury and is marked by the signpost known as The Drummer Boy’s Post.

A photo of Market Lavington is in the book. It shows what was then still quite a new secondary school.


Lavington School features in the booklet

We can see the photo was by Market Lavington’s resident photographer, Peter Francis. In fact he took most of the photos used whatever parish they came from.

Advertisers will have helped defray the cost of the book. Amongst advertisers was Peter Francis.


Other local advertisers were:


Systems and Components had taken over the old brickworks buildings.


This pub, known affectionately as ‘The Volley’ was on the corner of Church Street and Parsonage Lane. The building is now a private house.


The McBeths had the shop in Easterton which was opposite the junction with Kings Road. and the garage which sold Regent petrol was a little further along Easterton High Street towards Market Lavington. It was run by Mr Faulkner.


The book makes a lovely addition to our collection. It offers a snapshot of life in the area almost fifty years ago.

Late 19th century cart adverts

November 29, 2013

At Gye’s the builders they kept everything. When, eventually, the firm ceased trading some things which seem like oddities today came to the museum. These were adverts that had been kept, more than 100 years ago now, just in case.

This one takes the form of a four page leaflet. It was once part of a larger brochure.


So here we have an ad for a liquid manure or water cart – one which won a first prize silver medal at Amsterdam in 1884 and offered to you by Eddington Iron and Wagon Works of Hungerford.

Next we have a crank axle spring float.


Cottrell Rose and Co was the name of the company at the Eddington Iron Works in Hungerford.


They offered a special cart for street scrapings.


We’ll finish with the brewer’s cart.

This, perhaps, is the point to mention that Hungerford has a fantastic Virtual Museum at .

It is from this site that we can date our pages to 1897 for they show similar pages with that date.

Devizes News – 1986

October 27, 2013


Today we feature a page spread about Market Lavington which appeared in the above paper.

1986 newspaper page about Market Lavington

1986 newspaper page about Market Lavington

It was, no doubt, cheap journalism for this freebie paper. They have extracted some writing that was by Peggy Gye, choosing a section that just fits the available space even though it makes a start which must tell you something came before.image006

The editors have surrounded the content with box adverts for local business and, presumably, paid for by those local businesses. I rather suspect they kindly provided the ad for the museum which had opened the previous year.image007

Since then we have extended our season until the end of October so you can still visit this year for our very interesting local displays. These days we open from 2.30 to 4.30pm on those there days a week. We still make no charge but very much appreciate donations towards those essential running costs.

The adverts from 27 years ago make interesting reading. As John Lennon wrote in the song, In My Life, ‘some have gone and some remain’.

Let’s just look at a couple.

Honeychurch Toys advert

Honeychurch Toys advert

As doll’s house manufacturers they are no more although other aspects of the business carry on. Of course, we have a Honeychurch Dolls House in the museum.

Market Lavington Post Office Advert

Market Lavington Post Office Advert

Our Post Office, we are all happy to say, is very much alive and kicking still.

By the way, phone numbers have changed since then so don’t imagine that you’ll reach advertisers from these numbers.