Posts Tagged ‘Charles Awdry’

Arthur Horton and a Fiat car

December 6, 2015

Another photo with quite a degree of unknown about it has been sent us by Zia. This photo shows a car and some people in what appear to be garage surroundings.

Arthur Horton and a Fiat car - but where and when?

Arthur Horton and a Fiat car – but where and when?

Apparently, the back of the photo says the car is a FIAT and one of the two men standing by the car is Arthur Horton – Zia’s grandfather.

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Arthur was chauffeur to Charles Awdry who owned Market Lavington Manor. But Charles’s tenure at the manor house was short. He died in 1912 and Zia thinks this photo dates from 1915.

In 1911 Arthur lived at Littleton Panell. The Market Lavington manor estate included properties there so we’d guess Arthur and family had one of them.

But where was this photo taken? It looks as though it may have been a commercial garage, partly because there is an advert above the man who appears to be peering into a building.

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It clearly says, ‘Shell lubricating oils’.

There are also a remarkable number of petrol cans about the place.

Can anyone identify the location?

Thanks

 

At the cricket

May 25, 2015

It’s 100 and a bit years ago – we are not certain if it is 1913 or 14. All is right with a world and life goes on as it has since time immemorial. Well that may have been the way that the well-off saw things and we capture some of this atmosphere in photos taken at Market Lavington’s cricket ground in one of the last summers before the Great War changed everything.

The photo originals belonged to the Awdry family. Charles Awdry had owned the Manor and estate but he had died in 1912. Charles, like many of his family, was a cricket enthusiast and the Market Lavington ground was made very classy by him. It had a pavilion which could have graced a county ground but it never ran to stands for spectators. They occupied benches and deck chairs.

This photo – we do not know who the people are – captures the rather gentile life style of these privileged (by money) people. There was time to sit and enjoy the sunshine and the company of a handsome young cricketer.

At the cricket in Market Lavington in 1913 or 14

At the cricket in Market Lavington in 1913 or 14

Another group are fairly obviously not watching cricket. The women wear the large hats that were fashionable in that era but also have umbrellas or sun shades. The building was the Market Lavington cricket pavilion.

People may not have had much interest in the cricket but it was a social event at which to be seen.

People may not have had much interest in the cricket but it was a social event at which to be seen.

Lavington School was built on the cricket field and for many years the school caretaker lived in the pavilion. The little estate called Pavilion Gardens now occupies the site.

We don’t believe there is an active cricket team in Market Lavington at the moment although back in the 1980s there was a local club using the Elisha Field