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A Davis bill

March 1, 2016

A few days ago we featured a Davis and co coal wagon in model form. Today we look at a bill issued by John Davis, the coal merchant, for coal supplied to the West Lavington estate of the Holloways. Although based in West Lavington, the estate included properties in Market Lavington including the brick works.

The Holloways were, no doubt, very good customers and this bill, issued in May 1910 covers a period of nearly 6 months. Good customers would have been trusted with this much credit.


As we can see, the bill has become a receipt, paid in full in 1910.

Of course the prices in 1910 seem laughable to us, in the 21st century. The Holloway estate seems to have used coke – a fuel which vanished into obscurity from the 1960s. A ton of this fuel cost just 17 shillings (85p). These days this hard to find fuel might cost about £350 for a tonne. The metric tonne is not significantly different from the good old British ton. And guess what? In terms of average income it is still cheaper today.

But coke is pretty well pure carbon so very high in CO2 emissions. It may be as well that it no longer finds much use.



Some High Street families

July 22, 2015

George Davis was part of the Davis and Co coal haulage company. They featured most recently in our post of July 4th 2015 when we pointed out they had a coal yard at Lavington Station.

Photos of this Davis family are few and far between but this one was sent to us by Annette and it does show George Davis and a couple of his daughters alongside members of the Huish family.

Davis and Huish families - about 1935

Davis and Huish families – about 1935

The Davis family were neighbours of the Huish family on High Street in Market Lavington in the 1930s and through into the 1950s

George Davis is at the left hand end and next to him are his daughters Renee and Jean. Then comes Olive and Harold Huish with daughter Pamela.

We have no idea where the photo was taken. It looks wild and windswept and would not appear to be Lavington. We think the photo dates from around 1935.

George was born in about 1899 in the Kings Cross area of London. By 1911 he was a scholar in Market Lavington living with his Uncle John who was then running the coal haulage business.

Harold Huish had been born in nearby Patney in 1907. His father was a platelayer on the railway.

Olive had been born in Pewsey as Constance Olive Hopkins. Her father was a farm labourer.

It is good to be able to show photos of some people not seen before on this blog.