Posts Tagged ‘boots’

A bottle dug up in Easterton

January 18, 2016

Last year we were given a lovely collection of bottles which were dug up in Easterton. They were found by a lass called Judith and like many of us, she decided they were too lovely to throw away. But now they are in the museum where, apart from the local provenance of being used, discarded and then found in Easterton, they add a little character. This year we will have a display about Pubs so some bottles might find a home there, but for this blog we are looking at what would have been a common medicine bottle.


Medicine bottle found in Easterton


This is a clear glass bottle with a slightly greenish hue. It would have had a cork stopper of some kind. Turning it round makes it easier to read the embossed writing.


Embossed with Boots Cash Chemists

It simply says Boots Cash Chemists.

Boots were and still are a national chain with headquarters, until recently in Nottingham. But all towns of any size had a shop where it was possible to buy proprietary medicines over the counter. As far as we are aware the Lavingtons never had a Boots store but Devizes did. For many a year it was quite a small shop on the corner now occupied by the Santander building. Many folks still refer to that corner as Boots Corner. Maybe our bottle was sold there.

We can’t date the bottle. Maybe someone with more expertise could.

Boots as good luck charms

July 19, 2010

We probably all know that horseshoes are used as good luck charms, but in times past our own shoes, particularly those of children, were used as well.

At Market Lavington Museum we have three such shoes or boots, which were carefully placed in the roof spaces of cottages to bring good luck to the occupants.

Three child size boots - formerly good luck charms in local cottages and now at Market Lavington Museum

One of the boots is thought to be early twentieth century. This well-worn item of footwear has been patched up with part of a leather belt.

One boot was found in Easterton and is thought to date from the mid-nineteenth century.

The third of these boots dates from about 1850 and was found in a Market Lavington roof. This boot shoes the signs of many repairs.

The story goes that removal of these shoes brings bad luck to the people who move them but I am pleased to report no ill-luck to the local folk who gave these shoes to the museum. There may be many more shoes hiding away in loft spaces. Why not take a look.