Posts Tagged ‘charity’

The Sainsbury Bread Charity

December 9, 2010

Sainsbury is one of the most common names in the old baptism registers for Market Lavington with some 250 people of that surname baptised between the 1660s and the 1830s. This puts it on a par with the commonest name in the country – Smith. The Sainsbury family were important in terms of numbers.

But some were also important in terms of status. Amongst these was Thomas Sainsbury.

Thomas Sainsbury, Market Lavington born and Lord Mayor of London in 1786

The memorial in the church chancel reads-

Thomas Sainsbury Esq son of Samuel and Elizabeth Sainsbury born the 25th December 1730 Died 16th May 1795 chosen Alderman of the Ward of Billingsgate the year 1778 Sheriff of London and Middlesex 1780 and Lord Mayor of London 1786


So Market Lavington born Thomas became Lord Mayor of London.

Three Sainsbury family members have set up a local charity, which is known as the Sainsbury Bread Charity. Thomas gave £200 to be invested with the income to be distributed amongst the poor by his will of 1795. William Sainsbury added a similar amount by his will of 1796, which came into effect when he died in 1806.

In 1833 the charity provided 668 loaves of bread shared amongst 160 families.

In  1846, Maria Sainsbury’s will added another £200 to the fund. This allowed about £16 of bread to be distributed at the start of the 20th century. In 1972 the money available was about £28.

The bread charity ticket we have at Market Lavington Museum dates from around 1960 and has been signed by the Reverend Daunford Davies.

Sainsbury Bread Charity ticket from about 1960 - now at Market Lavington Museum

Amongst many Sainsbury items we have at Market Lavington Museum there is an enormous Sainsbury family tree. The terms of the gift of this prevent us from publishing it so if you want to see it you’ll need to make a trip to Market Lavington.


Dating the posters

October 21, 2010

Film Shows in Market Lavington and Easterton

In Market Lavington Museum we have numerous posters for ‘Market Lavington and Easterton Hospital Week’ events. These tell us everything, except the year which was probably some time in the 1920s or 30s. They give the day and date for events – for example, ‘Wednesday 15th August’ but on average every seven years there is a Wednesday 15th August so that doesn’t help much.

A poster that mentions film shows in the village may help to sort out the years for many other posters. This is the poster. The original is best part a metre long.

Poster for 1928 film shows now in Market Lavington Museum


The big clue here is the lead film on Wednesday 15th August, which featured the child star, Jackie Coogan. The film, ‘Johnny get your hair cut’ was made in 1927. 1928 had a Wednesday 15th August so we bet on the poster being for film shows in that year.

‘Winners of the Wilderness’, shown on Friday 17th August was also a 1927 film, starring Tim McCoy and Joan Crawford.

1928 thus would appear to be the year for this poster.

In 2010, Trinity Church hires the Community Hall from time to time to give village folk a cinema experience in Market Lavington. As this poster shows it is not a new idea.