Posts Tagged ‘children’

Vic, Tom and Ted

March 16, 2012

White Street, Market Lavington with three village 'Likely lads' in 1925

This picture purports to show Vick Tucker, Tom Gye and Ted Drury. The date is probably 1926. Tom Gye is in the car he was given for Christmas in 1925 – hence it’s personalised registration.

The photo was taken on White Street in Market Lavington, just at the end of The Clays. The large tree at Beech House is hanging over the road in the background.

However, we have some doubts about the other people in the photo. Ted Drury (actually Thomas Edward Drury) was born in 1921. Both of the other lads look older than aged 4. Tom Gye was born in 1920 – the other lads look much older than him.

Vick Tucker has not been traced yet, but it would seem that our original caption may be wrong. We’d like to hear from anybody who can positively identify the lad with the bike and the lad with the bat. You can contact the curator by clicking here.


Easterton Bridge in Edwardian days

December 2, 2011

The arrangement of roads and buildings around the bridge in Easterton has changed considerably. At one time, had you been moving up Easterton High Street towards Urchfont, you’d have come to a fork. One fork turned left, crossing the stream on the bridge (probably a ford originally). The other branch of the fork was the main road heading off towards Eastcott and Urchfont.

Before the 1870s there was no church and few of the present houses in the angle of the fork. Since then, the church was built and Easterton School has been built, used for best part 100 years, closed and demolished.

Here’s the scene just over 100 years ago. The bridge is in place and the junction just beyond it looks very much as though a minor road, over the bridge, is meeting a major road.

Easterton Bridge - a photo at Market Lavington Museum

The thatched house that dominates the view behind the children is ‘The Homestead’. These days it has a tiled roof and the rendering on the outside has been removed, revealing its timber construction. On the right, across the bridge we have the end of ‘Halstead Farm’.

The girl on the right may be collecting water. She is just resting her bucket. Easterton village pump is just off the photo to the left.

A little girl collects water

We could imagine that the little  boy in the middle is very proud of his wheels even if their function is not entirely clear.

The boys on the bridge

This lad looks very confident of his right to sit and enjoy the day. That little girl with the bucket can do the work!

At ease

The other lad

The other lad in the picture – they all go together to make a truly charming scene.

The Tent Mission

March 23, 2011

Occupying youngsters in the long summer holidays has always been a problem for working parents. Probably, many more mums were at home back in 1953 but they probably still appreciated the visit of the tent on the old recreation ground. The tent, and the adults with it, brought Christianity to the youngsters with activities that kept them occupied.

We have seen such an event before on these pages (click here) from back in the 1920s. Today we see the children at an event in 1953.

Children at the mission tent on the old Recreation Ground at Market Lavington.The year is 1953

We can take in the scale of the event with about 60 children attending. Sadly our records do not name any of the people on this photo. Maybe a resident who was around in 1953 could have a go for us.

To start off, we wonder if the man at the back holding a child might have been Ron Kimmer.

Rogation Sunday

March 7, 2011

Rogation is a Christian festival, which like many others had been attached to an older event from pre-Christian days.. Rogation Sunday is the fifth Sunday after Easter Day – a spring time event. The following information about Rogation Sunday comes from the Diocese of Worcester website at  – specific page .

This Sunday was originally so called because of the words in the Prayer Book gospel for the day:

“Whatever you ask the Father in my name, he will give to you”. (The Latin is ‘Rogare’ – to ask.) In the strictly biblical context, the chief thing to ask for is the spirit of God to enable us to be true children of God.

By the 17th century, the old Roman festival of ‘Terminalia”, or “boundaries”, had been adapted by the church and served a practical purpose. In days before Ordnance Survey maps, there were not always clear lines of demarcation between the parishes, especially where there were open field systems. During the procession, boys were bumped on prominent marks and boundary stones, or rolled in briars and ditches, or thrown in the pond to ensure they never forgot the boundaries. The Victorians made it more civilised by beating objects rather than people, in the context of a service and procession.

In the Western Church, processions to bless the crops and to include “beating the bounds”, developed from the old Roman rites of “Robigalia” (“robigo”: Latin for “rust” or “mould”), when prayers would be offered to the deity for crops to be spared from mildew.

These rogation themes of blessing the fields and beating the bounds were commended in the 1630s by the poet George Herbert, that epitome of English country parsons. He said that processions should be encouraged for four reasons:

  1. A Blessing of God for the fruits of the field.
  2. Justice in the preservation of bounds.
  3. Charity in loving, walking and neighbourly accompanying one another with reconciling of differences at the time if there be any.
  4. Mercie, in relieving the poor by a liberal distribution of largesse, which at the time is or ought to be used.

Market Lavington celebrated Rogation Sunday in quite a big way in the 1950s. Our picture dates from 1953 and shows the Sunday School children on Rogation Sunday that year. It looks as though carrying flowers was part of the event for these youngsters.

Sunday School children celebrate Rogation Day in 1953 - a photo at Market Lavington Museum.

Sadly, our records do not name any of the children, but maybe somebody out there can give us some names. Close ups can help so here are some of the children.

Two Market Lavington children at the Rogation Sunday event of 1953

Two more Market Lavington children at the Rogation Sunday event of 1953

Babes in the Wood

April 11, 2010

Perhaps, in times past, children staging plays was more common than it is now. In the 21st century the Lavington area has the Lavington Amateur Dramatic Society (LADS) and they do keep something of the old traditions alive.

At Market lavington Museum, we have a photo of the cast of a 1922 production of ‘Babes in the Wood’ No doubt the photo was taken by the Burgesses of High Street, Market Lavington who produced it with a post card back. Perhaps doting parents enjoyed sending it to relatives who lived elsewhere.

Cast of 'Babes in the Wood', Market Lavington, 1922

This particular photo is well captioned with a label on the back.

So performers were:-

Back row: Edna Mills, Flo Burbidge, Lily Drury, Ernie Razey, May Bullock and Lily Buckland

2nd Row: Joan Milsom, Ellie Gye, Ruth Mundy, Florrie Rose (sitting), Ena Gye (reader), Eric James, Margaret Drury and Edie Perry. Is it Father Christmas that we don’t know?

Babes: Violet Potter and Bessie Gye

If you knew any of the people in the photo, we’d love to hear from you.