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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.

More ‘Lost and Found’

September 7, 2015

2015 really has been the year for ‘Lost and Found’ at Market Lavington Museum. We set up a display of items lost and found and since then many more have been given to us. One section of our Museum Miscellany on Saturday 3rd October in the Community Hall will be about metal items lost on the old recreation ground and found by metal detectorist Norman.
But today we feature a bottle – one of several we have just been given by Judith. She found them when she lived in Easterton more than forty years ago.

Bottle found many years ago in Easterton

Bottle found many years ago in Easterton

This bottle is one of those with a marble stopper, held in place by the pressure of an aerated drink.


The bottle was filled with drink by the Netheravon Brewery

It carries the name of ‘THE BREWERY – NETHERAVON’.

Interestingly, there is still a brewery in Netheravon – a micro-brewery was set up in 1984 by Tony Bunce.
It comes as no surprise that the name of the brewer,on the other side of the bottle, is not that of Tony Bunce or his successors.

The brewer was T W Hussey

The brewer was T W Hussey

It is T W Hussey.
Thomas Whiting Hussey is listed on the 1901 census as a brewer in Netheravon. Living with him, at the time, is a niece who was born in Lavington. There was clearly a close link between Thomas at the brewery and his relatives in Market Lavington and Easterton. Perhaps that was why this bottle found its way to Easterton.
We know very little about the brewery itself.

Clarke’s blood mixture

May 13, 2015

Amongst the many medical items we have in the museum there is a blue glass bottle which once contained Clarke’s blood mixture.

A 19th century Clarke's medicine bottle at Market Lavington Museum

A 19th century Clarke’s medicine bottle at Market Lavington Museum

Clarke’s were a medicaments firm based in Lincoln in England.

Clarke's were based in Lincoln, UK

Clarke’s were based in Lincoln, UK

And apparently the blood mixture was world famed.

The bottle once contained the 'world famed blood mixture

The bottle once contained the ‘world famed blood mixture

Clarke’s blood mixture dates from the nineteenth century and into the twentieth. It was the era for cure-all medicines. These words appeared in an advert for the blood mixture in an 1876 Australian newspaper.

Clarke’s World-famed blood mixture

The great blood purifier and restorer for cleansing and clearing the blood from all impurities cannot be too highly recommended.

For scrofula, scurvy, skin diseases and sores of all kinds it is a never-failing and permanent cure.]

It cures old sores, cures ulcerated sores on the neck, cures ulcerated sore legs, cures blackheads or pimples on the face, cures scurvy sores, cures cancerous ulcers, cures blood and skin diseases, cures glandular swellings, clears the blood of all impure matter.

As this mixture is pleasant to the taste and warranted free from anything injurious to the most delicate constitution of either sex, the proprietor solicits sufferers to give it a trial to test its value.

 With all these alleged virtues it seems amazing that Clarke’s went out of business and his blood mixture vanished. Or perhaps it wasn’t able to live up to the proprietor’s claims!

We love the bottle and you can see it amongst our medical display at the museum.


Eiffel Tower Lemonade

January 12, 2015

Do you remember this drink? If so that’s slightly hard luck, for you are getting on a bit. It’s hard to discover precisely when production stopped. The firm that made this ‘drink’ ceased production in the mid-1960s but we have seen a reference to people still drinking it in the early 70s.

We have a bottle which once contained the product at Market Lavington Museum.

Eiffel Tower Lemonade Bottle at Market Lavington Museum

Eiffel Tower Lemonade Bottle at Market Lavington Museum

The bottle is clear glass – it has picked up colour from the backdrop here. It is also small. If it contained the actual drink it wouldn’t have done much thirst quenching. What it actually contained was crystals.

The crystals could be dissolved in water to make a syrup and that was then diluted to taste, like bottles of ordinary squash.

Our curator remembers that his family used to have it on camping holidays. There was only the small bottle to carry to the camp site. It could be made up there and it made a delightful sweet drink for the children in the family. And of course, our curator was one of those children.

Actually, he doesn’t remember the bottles and thought the crystals came in sachets, but that may be because his interest was in drinking the stuff, not making it up.

Lots of people, including our curator, remember the taste with great affection. These days we are trying to reduce the sugar intake of our youngsters. Back then it seemed to be used with great abandon and no doubt Eiffel Tower was high in sugar.

Back to our bottle. One side of it is embossed with the name of the product.


The other side has the manufacturer’s name.


That’s Foster Clark Ltd of Maidstone.

You can read a bit of the fascinating history of the company by clicking here –

This little bottle is sure to bring back memories of lovely, sunny, summer days for many people.


An Oxo bottle

December 16, 2014

If we judge from past experience this post could be destined to be very popular. Many users of our blog check in every day but quite a lot of posts are found by people using search engines. As the ‘owners’ of the blog we at the museum can see just which pages are most popular. The home page wins that competition by a huge margin. That’s had over 100 000 views, mostly that will be by regular viewers. But amongst individual pages sought out by far the most popular is the one about a Virol Jar and the one about a Shippams Paste jar is catching up fast.

So we reckon a blog about an Oxo bottle, a late entry at this stage, will soon be sought out. People who find the blog may well have found or just own one of these items.

So here is our Oxo jar.

A 1930s Oxo Jar at Market Lavington Museum

A 1930s Oxo Jar at Market Lavington Museum

We think this elegant dark brown glass bottle (or jar) dates from the 1930s. It looks like similar bottles which contained Bovril, but there is no doubt that this is an Oxo container.


Vital information – moulded on the bottle


It says it very clearly on the bottle and also gives the quantity as 4 oz – 4 ounces or about 55 grams.

And really we have no further information – not even what Oxo in a jar looked like.

Medical Supplies

July 17, 2013

Time was (and still is, no doubt) when households kept stocks of proprietary remedies for many ills and ailments. Here we see a small selection of bottles and tins of household medicaments.

Medicine bottles and tins at Market Lavington Museum

Medicine bottles and tins at Market Lavington Museum

The near bottle contains cresolene, a mixture based on coal tar which was used as a disinfectant or antiseptic. It was not to be taken internally but rather used as an ointment to clean wounds. It could be put in a special heater so that fumes could be breathed. It was manufactured between 1881 and 1950 and was probably, of limited medical value.

The blue bottle once contained blood mixture which was advertised as a cure-all. Again, it probably had very limited medical value.

The Green coloured bottle once held Eclectic Oil.  It was another cure-all. It claimed to cure toothache in five minutes and lameness in two days. Again, it was just about worthless as a medicine. An earlier name had been eclectric oil – a portmanteau word for what clearly claimed to be a portmanteau product.

The brown bottle bears the legend Hardy and Son, Chemist of Salisbury. As this company produced ‘aerated waters’ this is probably a fizzy drink bottle.

The tin contained mustard ointment which, supposedly, gave warmth and relief to aching muscles.

It is often said that ‘The lesson from history is that we don’t learn from it’ Most of our bottles are 100 years or more old. They didn’t do much then but people still persist in buying quack remedies. Your best bet out of this collection was probably the fizzy drink!

Two stone bottles.

December 21, 2012

These two lovely stone bottles were dug up in Market Lavington. They are believed to date from about 1900.


These bottles were found in 1981 in the garden of ‘Chantry’. It is possible that they had a medical origin for this house was built on the gardens of Wolseley House and this had been the home of Dr Ives.

Any further ideas as to their origin would be gratefully received.

A Lemonade Bottle

September 1, 2012

In times past, when water supplies were from wells, manufactured soft drinks were popular. Indeed, they are probably more popular today, but the soft drink industry has a long history.

We do not know of soft drinks being made on a commercial scale in Market Lavington but they were certainly made in other places in Wiltshire back in the nineteenth century.

Back then, and well into living memory, bottles were returned to the drink manufacturer. They were, in effect, loaned to the consumer and when returned safely, a small cash deposit was given back to the customer. There will be many people around who, as small children, were delighted to find a lemonade bottle in a hedgerow, for they could return it and collect that cash.

But one nineteenth century bottle escaped return in White Street, Market Lavington. Somehow, it got lost in a garden and was dug up nearly one hundred years later and given to the museum.

Hamilton bottle, used for Lemonade and dug up in a garden in White Street, Market Lavington

Glass is a wonderfully hard wearing material and the old bottle survived well, interred in that White Street garden. Sadly it carries no name to identify it, but the bottle shape is very nineteenth century. These bottles used a cork to seal them. It was important that the cork stayed moist for the compressed carbon dioxide could readily escape through a dry cork. The bottle shape meant it had to lie on its side and the drink itself kept the cork moist. Bottles of this shape are called Hamilton Bottles.

One place in Wiltshire where such bottles were filled by a drink manufacturer was Bradford on Avon and our friends at the museum there have a fine example of a bottle used by Wilkins Brothers. You can click here to see it.

A pint of milk

August 16, 2012

The other day our curator was out walking in the village, taking a path which rises up a steep bank. There had been a lot of rain, washing some of the bank away and revealing a bottle. It was a one pint milk bottle of the older style and had been commandeered by ants as a safe nesting place. Well, unfortunately for them, they lost their nest since the curator thought the bottle could be added to the museum collection. Here it is, with the ants and their fibrous nesting material now gone.

Pre 1988 milk bottle found at Spin Hill, Market Lavington

The bottle has the message that it belongs to Churchfield Dairy, Salisbury.

The bottle belonged to Churchfields Dairy in Salisbury

It is of a type the curator recalls being delivered to his door. It is not of any great age – a fact given away by the flying cow logo.

The bottle has a flying cow logo embossed in the glass

Research (the most useful site proved to be and items at the Wiltshire Heritage Museum, Devizes)  leads us to believe that Churchfields Dairy changed to the newer style of bottle in 1988 so our bottle probably dates from around 1980.

Shippam’s Paste Jar

February 29, 2012

Most of us will remember Shippam’s meat and fish paste – indeed, it can still be obtained today.

This jar is another item dug up in the garden which had belonged to village eccentric, Cally Hulbert.

Shippam's Paste Jar dug up in a garden at Northbrook, Market Lavington

Apparently jars of this style were in use from the 1920s until at least the late 1950s. The chances are that this jar was used and discarded by Cally. Our thanks go to the British Antique Bottle Forum ( for their help in dating this bottle.

The Shippam Company was based in Chichester. Apparently, the older Mr Shippam was strictly teetotal and objected to his workers drinking. We are told that if he suspected one of his team of imbibing some lunchtime liquor he hauled the person in front of him and made him say, ‘Shippam’s Chichester Sausages’. Seemingly if they could manage that, they were deemed OK, but if they couldn’t say it clearly they were in trouble.

As a final thought, the person who found this jar thought it was very ordinary and said, ‘You won’t be interested in that, will you?’ Well of course, we can’t keep everything but ordinary things from living memory do need keeping. And museum visitors love saying, ‘Ooh, you’ve got one of them. I remember them.’ So yes, we were pleased to receive the jar.