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Clyffe Hall Hill in 1908

August 6, 2013

Clyffe Hall Hill – almost flat if you are travelling in a car – leads up from Cornbury Bridge towards The Spring. Walkers and cyclists notice it is uphill as you go past Clyffe Hall on the right and then Lavington School on the left. Here we have an attractive hand tinted card.

Clyffe Hall Hill in Lavington, Wiltshire - 1908

Clyffe Hall Hill in Lavington, Wiltshire – 1908

Two boys lean over the parapet of Cornbury Bridge. The stream marks the parish boundary so our photographer is in West Lavington, the boys are right on the boundary and anything on the other side of the bridge is in Market Lavington. Clyffe Hall, unseen, is behind the trees and the road into Market Lavington climbs up the hill to the left.

It is tempting to say that the two boys are playing Pooh sticks, but the name, if not the game, had not been invented then. Winnie the Pooh was named after a real bear from Winnipeg in Canada, brought over by a Canadian soldier vet during World War 1 and after time on Salisbury Plain Winnie was given to London Zoo where one Christopher Robin Milne fell in love with it.


Note the Market Lavington post mark

This is a postcard which was posted in Market Lavington. The card was sent by Florrie – but Florrie who. We are fairly sure the recipient was Mrs Ellen Lambourn, married to John who was a jobbing gardener. Neither have any obvious connection to Lavington for Ellen was Somerset born and John hailed, originally, from Berkshire. But they had a daughter called Edith who would have been celebrating her 8th birthday when this card was sent in 1908.

The card, for once, is not published by Mr Burgess although he may well have taken the original picture.