Posts Tagged ‘cottage’

Seeking Ivydene

January 29, 2013

No we haven’t lost Ivy Dean, a person, but rather Ivydene a property in Market Lavington. It appears to have gone missing and several people are after it. We, at the Museum, have found this vanished property to be one which clearly has an interesting past. We ought to know about it.

Amongst the interesting items in the past are that Mr Fred Sayer may have lived there and certainly had a bus garage there. Fred ran the Lavington and Devizes Motor Services during the interwar period. He’d have needed substantial premises for his fleet of vehicles for he claimed he could transport parties of up to 600 people in his own vehicles. People researching local buses are very keen to know more. Then, it seems that Ivydene was the headquarters of 483 battery of the 82nd Searchlight Regiment. This, of course would have been during World War II.

Our knowledge at the museum is limited.

The 1926 electoral roll gives only limited addresses, but has Fred and Mabel Sayer living at The Terrace.

The 1939 electoral roll shows Lawrence William Couling and his wife Katherine at Ivydene.

In a 1954 directory we have the following:

  • I C Bailey at 3 Ivydean.
  • G H Beckett at 2 Ivydean,
  • A B Chinn at 1 Ivydean,
  • A NJ Felton at 4 Ivydean,

A 1966 directory tells us that Nellie E Saxton was at 3 Ivy Dene and M V J Hazel was at number 2, Ivy Dene.

Asking villagers with memories to stretch back far enough seems to suggest that the properties on the card below, believed to date from around 1914 and captioned ‘The Terrace’  may be Ivydene.

The Terrace, Market Lavington. Could these properties be Ivydene?

The Terrace, Market Lavington. Could these properties be Ivydene?

In this image we see Northbrook – heading off downhill on the left and The Terrace on the right.

But we are not yet certain that these houses became or ever were Ivydene.  It is felt that the Searchlight Battery would have required larger accommodation than this row of cottages. And Fred Sayer had a large business. Wouldn’t he have had a grander home?

We are fairly certain that Fred Sayer had sheds for his buses behind these properties. Doubts remain, though. Maybe recognising the lady outside the near end of the houses would help.

Can anybody identify this lady who could be a clue to finding Ivydene, Market Lavington.

Can anybody identify this lady who could be a clue to finding Ivydene, Market Lavington?

Do please get in touch if you can tell us any more about Ivydene, Fred Sayer and the bus company or the Searchlight battery HQ.

St Mary’s Church – 1960s

September 24, 2012

It’s a comment that we make regularly. If we look back fifty years we were in the 1960s. The 1960s weren’t yesterday. For at least half the population, the 1960s belong to an earlier generation. When L P Hartley wrote his book, The Go Between’, published in 1953, it was about the 1900s – 50 years before. His opening line – “The past is a foreign country: they do things differently there.” – applies just as much today.

Take this photo of St Mary’s Church, taken in the 60s. It certainly has a look of antiquity.

St Mary’s Church and The Spring, Market Lavington in the 1960s

The first thing we notice is that it is monochrome – black and white. For most people, photos were, particularly at the start of the 1960s. It was during that decade that many people took to colour slides – with all the paraphernalia of projectors and darkened rooms to be able to see them. Black and white photos definitely remind us older folk of a past era – but younger people can rest assured – the world was not grey.

The church itself is comparatively unchanging. There have, of course, been changes, but in the last fifty years they have mostly been cosmetic.

The house in the foreground is Meadow Cottage. It is still there, but it looks very different for its thatch has been replaced with durable tiles. Those who look may regret the passing of the traditional roofing material, but those who live there are probably very relieved to be free of the cost of regular replacement and the fear of fire and the cost of fire insurance. One can’t have it all ways!

Meadow Cottage goes down in the annals of Market Lavington as the birthplace of Peggy Gye. We of course think of Peggy as the originator of our museum which opened its doors to the public back in 1985.

We wouldn’t expect to see a thatched and, perhaps, rather tumble down barn now. That was part of the Grove Farm complex. It helps to produce a rather timeless (except that it is old) rural, village scene.

But, if this photo, taken by Peter Francis is enlarged beyond what we put on the blog, we can see signs of modernity. There’s a network of poles and wires carrying electricity. There is even a TV aerial visible – an old fashioned H shaped one used by sets receiving the old, very low definition, 405 lines transmission.

Let’s just consider some of the things we had, or didn’t have back in those days, fifty years ago.

We had television, albeit black and white, low quality and just two channels. You watched them when they were transmitted, or not at all.

If we had a washing machine it was probably a twin tub which still required a person standing over it to transfer the washing from one part to the dryer.

Our cameras used something called film. You thought carefully about what to snap and then waited weeks to see the result as you had to finish the film and then, probably, take it to a local shop to be ‘developed’.

The radio (which may well have been a wireless by name) was probably in a large wooden case and had valves which took an age to warm up. The era of the transistor radio was just beginning.

Computers? They were things you saw on films and they were rooms full of big metal boxes with spinning spools of tape.

Playing recorded music was moving on in the 60s. We were leaving behind the old 78rpm shellac records which broke if you dropped them. The trendy thing to have was the ‘Dansette’. You could stack up 8 of your 45rpm records on this and the mechanical system would play one after another. Wow!

Cars – if you had one – at least now had to pass a test for safety if they were more than ten years old. But they weren’t really safe. There weren’t seat belts and little was done to protect passengers or driver in the event of a collision. No wonder this was a shocking time for road deaths – more shocking than today.

If you didn’t have a car and relied on public transport, the chances are you had a railway station fairly near. We had a Lavington Station serving this area. Now you need a car or a bus to reach a station. Looking at old bus timetables makes it clear that if there was a golden age of bus travel, it wasn’t here in Market Lavington in the 1960s.

We’d love memories of the 1960s. Next month children from a local primary school (5 and 6 year olds) will be visiting us at the museum to learn about the 1960s. Do send us any memories you have.

Spring Cottage

July 13, 2011

Spring Cottage is, as the name suggests, a cottage on the road known as The Spring. It is easy to find in 2011 for it is near the roundabout with Grove Road. The cottage was there in the 1880s when this picture was taken.

Spring Cottage in the 1880s from a photo at Market Lavington Museum

Our original photo, at Market Lavington Museum had suffered a little damage over the years and it has been digitally ‘repaired’ in this copy.

Our records tell us that the people in the photo are Mr and Mrs Pinchen.

Francis Pinchen and Mrs Pinchen - but which of the ladies is it?

That is clearly not complete for there are three people standing at the garden gate.

We thinkthat either  Mr and Mrs Pinchen were the man and women on either side of the fence.  Mr Francis Pinchen had been born in about 1814 in Market Lavington and he was a builder by trade. His wife, Sophia, was a little older than Francis and hailed, originally, from Sheerness in Kent. The couple can be found on 1851, 61, 71 and 81 censuses at Spring Cottage.

Sophia died in 1884. Francis married Eliza Craske in 1885 in the Woolwich area. Eliza(beth) was almost 30 years younger than Francis.

The second possibility is that Mr and Mrs Pinchen could be Francis and his second wife, Elizabeth – and then she could be the lady standing next to him.

In 1891 and  1901 Francis is still at Spring Cottage  with his new wife, Elizabeth.

Francis died in 1902. He was buried at the Drove Lane cemetery in Market Lavington.

Kandy Cottage and Manor Cottage

June 29, 2011

The Market Lavington end of Easterton has changed quite a lot since this picture was taken.

We are not wholly sure of the date of the photo, which shows Kandy Cottage, facing the camera and the Manor Cottage on the right.

Candy Cottage and Manor Cottage, Easterton - a photo at Market Lavington Museum

Kandy Cottage is seen below.

This building was demolished to allow the road to Market Lavington to be straightened. Ideas and opinions change and it may now seem regrettable that such a lovely house was knocked down but no doubt, at the time, it seemed like a totally sensible idea.

A heap of road repair stones stands in front of the cottage and the Bakehouse which was the left hand third of the building.

The Manor Cottage, seen below still stands.

The thatched roof on the cottage was replaced by tiles – probably in the 1950s.

The presence of an electricity pole dates the photo to after 1927. Any further help with dating would be gratefully received at the museum.

Easterton, Then and Now

November 29, 2010

Kandy Cottage

Once upon a time a cottage known as Kandy Cottage stood at the bottom end of Easterton’s White Street. The cottage was demolished to straighten the road between Easterton and Market Lavington. We can look back now and consider it a real shame, but at the time it seemed the right thing to do. The improved road is now subject to a speed limit to keep speeds down!

Kandy Cottage and Court Close Farm on White Street, Easterton - a photo at Market Lavington Museum

This was Kandy Cottage. It is on the right side of the photo. The black and white building, beyond, is Court Close Farm. This picture featured in the 2010 Easterton fete quiz.

As is often the case, we’d love to know more about the people. Can any Easterton residents help on that?

Another photo – nothing like so clear as the one above looks along the street towards Market Lavington.

Kandy Cottage - early 20th century

 This features Kandy Cottage although a little of Court Close Farm can be seen. This picture is thought to date from the early years of the twentieth century.

The site of Kandy Cottage in November 2010

The picture below, covering much the same scene was taken on 27th November 2010.

We can see that Court Close Farm sports a bigger upstairs window and that tiles have replaced the old thatch on the roof. But it is still recognisably the same building. The agricultural buildings may have changed and been added to, but rooflines are similar. Kandy Cottage has entirely gone, replaced by a wider, straighter road, which does offer pavements as well. That, at least, is surely a good thing.

The Webbs of Market Lavington and Easterton

February 25, 2010

Family researchers contact the curator regularly. This is a good thing for both the researcher, who can get help with local knowledge and also for the museum who can learn more about families, and, perhaps, receive photos and artefacts.

Jim contacted last year and here’s an extract from his email.

My main research has been with the Webb family, who left Lavington in the late 1870s to come up to London for work. My Great Grandfather Thomas Richard brought the whole family up with him. See attached picture of Thomas Richard Webb taken after his arrival in London. He was born in Market Lavington in 1846.

Former Market Lavington man, Thomas Richard Webb

Jim not only sent the photo of his great grandfather, but also copies of certificates which told us more about the family.

He also added the following.

The other photo is of aunt Edith’s cottage, She was born Edith Webb born in Lavington circa 1873 She married and moved away, but returned to this cottage in Easterton on retirement. It still had a thatched roof, an outside loo and a well in the garden when I last visited in the mid 1950s, but I understand it has been modernized now.

Aunt Edith (née) Webb's cottage in Easterton

Records tell us that Edith Mary Webb was born in the Devizes district but had moved away to Woolwich, with the family, by the time of the 1881 census. After that the scent goes cold.

The scent is also cold on the Easterton cottage. It has not been located. Can you help with that, or help us know who Aunt Edith was. If so do contact the curator.