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An aerial view of Market Lavington

February 2, 2014

Today we are looking at a photo which dates from 1980. It is a colour photo of Market Lavington from the air.

Aerial photo of Market Lavington taken in 1980

Aerial photo of Market Lavington taken in 1980

That’s quite a picture of England’s green and pleasant land.

Let’s work through the scene.


This is Canada Rise with Canada Woods behind the houses. If we look further to the left we have the top of Northbrook.


Beyond Northbrook we can see Bouverie Drive, the former Vicarage which is now the nursing home and the large roof of the ‘Wilts Ag’ building which is where Rochelle Court now stands.


Moving further we can see the market place with the butcher’s shop clearly visible on the High Street.


Towards the top of the picture we see Lavington Hill. There’s a round topped shed in The Hollow and at the bottom of this section of picture we can see Knapp Farm.


Next we have Knapp Farm in the centre and White Street on the left.


The field on the right has an interesting past. We believe it was in use as (or considered for use as) an air strip during the First World War. Jack Welch, who was the father of our museum founder, Peggy Gye made a comment in a letter he sent home

An aerodrome out in the Recreation Ground is getting a bit too close isn’t it? Lavington must be very much altered especially with the felling of so much timber.


Completing the tour round this picture we have the church with The Old House on the left and Grove Farm on the right. The Grove Farm estate had not been built then.


A 1950s view from the air

October 30, 2013

Views from satellites are now a commonplace since we have them readily available on the internet. In the 1950s we had to have views from aeroplanes and that involved photographers and purchasers of photographs in huge expense. No doubt launching satellites is hugely expensive, but it seems we, the end users, can see them for no costs additional to those involved with being internet users.

The military were keen, from early days on photos from the air. We have a large one covering Market Lavington and this is just a small part of it.

Northbrook - a photo taken from the air in the 1950s.

Northbrook – a photo taken from the air in the 1950s.

Here we are looking straight down on Northbrook Close. The T shaped road was made of concrete and its white surface shows up well. We can clearly see that the council built housing was spaciously laid out. Back in the 50s people were expected to grow their own food on a good scale.

The road called Northbrook runs more or less straight up and down in this photo. In the top right hand corner, the line of trees masks Spin Hill.

Footpaths show up. The one leading off to the right from the end of the T of Northbrook Close looks particularly well used. Of interest is the footpath which runs parallel to, and a little to the right of the Northbrook road. Parts of that path still exists but are little used these days.

For comparison this is the same area from a modern satellite picture.

A similar view from a modern satellite image

A similar view from a modern satellite image

We can see many new houses and, of course, cars. We can see the Davis football field has been created. Footpaths are still reasonably well used although new, unofficial ones have been created by dog walkers who go around the edges of fields.

We wonder what it will look like in another 60 years time.

Gye’s Yard

August 25, 2013


From time to time a really lovely photo turns up at Market Lavington Museum and this one, just given to us, is a wonderful record of a part of the village, as it once was. It’s an aerial photo and we do not know who took it so we’ll guess at Peter Francis who very much enjoyed his photos from above. At the heart of the photo is what might be described as Gye’s Yard.

Aerial photo of Market Lavington showing White Street and Gye's yard

Aerial photo of Market Lavington showing White Street and Gye’s yard

In the immediate foreground we are looking down on White Street and we look straight into Gye’s Yard which has a van, a pickup and a couple of cars in it. On the near side of the road in the left corner are numbers 11 and 13 whilst opposite them are the Old Malt House and number 12.


Properties on White Street, Market Lavington

Properties on White Street, Market Lavington

Through the archway we get to the ‘store’ – where the Gyes kept bricks, tiles, etc.


At the back of Gye's Yard

At the back of Gye’s Yard

At back right we have the end of the Sutech building which was once the site of Mr Milsom’s garage and which is now the area where Milsom Court stands.


This area is where we now have Milsom Court

This area is where we now have Milsom Court

Beyond we can just see the bottom of houses on The Muddle.


Near the cross roads in Market Lavington

Near the cross roads in Market Lavington

The bottom right of the photo gets very close to the crossroads. The tile hung building at the extreme bottom right is now Saint Arbucks. Behind that we can see the little ‘roof garden’ which was on the back of Peter Francis’s photographic store. At the left hand front of this photo is the single storey building which later became Lavington Services. Sadly we no longer have a hardware shop in the village.

It may not all have been the tidiest part of the village, particularly when viewed from above, but what a wonderful photo.

Unfortunately, we don’t have it dated. We think it could be the 1980s.