Posts Tagged ‘aprons’

Settle down or settle up?

April 15, 2015

How strange words in the English language can be. Settling down and settling up ought to have entirely opposite meanings, but as far as we know the meanings are entirely different with no link between them.

However, during our closed season we have taken all the display on our circa 1800 settle down and have now put up a new display on the same settle.

A fresh settle display for 2015

A fresh settle display for 2015

At the left hand end a bride is ready to depart. She’s wearing a 1920s wedding dress. Her two maids are taking a breather with her, wearing appropriate period aprons. Other items, possibly recently worn by household members have been hung on the settle prior to being put away. Perhaps the bride has decided the necklace is a bit chunky for her wedding dress.

Just out of shot, the bride’s niece is in the pram. She’s in a family heirloom Christening gown for there is to be a joint ceremony.

At least they all have a very short walk to the church!

Do visit in 2015 to see what’s new at Market Lavington Museum. Remember, admission is free although we welcome donations to help us with running costs.

Market Lavington women – 1920s

March 25, 2015

This photograph shows a collection of local women in what we believe are red, white and blue aprons. A couple of the aprons are definitely styled as union flags. Others are in quite a variety of designs. We do not know what the event was, but there would not seem to have been any royal event to warrant this show of patriotic colour, unless it was the birth of the King’s granddaughter, Elizabeth in 1926. But back then she was not expected to become queen. So maybe this event was the usual dressing up for the hospital carnival week.

Colourful ladies - in black and white. Believed to be in the 1920s

Colourful ladies – in black and white. Believed to be in the 1920s

We have the ladies named, from left to right as:

Mrs Hurd, Mrs Razey, Mrs Tasker, Mrs S Coleman, Mrs Stiles, Mrs Tucker, Mrs Chapman, Mrs E Potter, Miss N Hiscock, Mrs Cooper, Mrs Clark, Mrs Pike, Mrs Davis and Mrs Burgess.

It’s a shame we don’t have first names and, in the spirit of the time, the two married ladies with initials have been given their husband’s initial. Even so, those initials allow a probable identification to be made.


Mrs S Coleman was probably Alice Emily, born in 1874 as Alice Emily Leonard. Her father worked at Fiddington Asylum. Alice married Stephen in about 1903. The Coleman family lived on High Street.


Mrs E Potter was probably Mary Ann, born about 1881 as Mary Ann Pike. She married Edwin Potter in about 1904. Amongst their children at the Parsonage Lane home there was the future Mrs Elisha.


Miss N Hiscock was probably Nellie (Elenora) born about 1884 She had lived at Platencia on Church Street at one time.


We’d be delighted if anybody could tell us anything about the other ladies.