Posts Tagged ‘Ezra price’

Ezra Price again

June 12, 2015

Our curator has been looking through his personal ‘stuff’ again and has come upon another piece of Ezra Price memorabilia. Regular readers may recall that Rog found one of his old records was in a sleeve which had the name E Price on it. Ezra owned a music shop in Devizes but he was born and raised in the Fiddington area. The Price family were well known in Market Lavington. Ezra’s brother, Enos, ran a coach service from Market Lavington to Hungerford when that Berkshire town was the railhead for our area. Now Rog has come across some sheet music which has been rubber stamped by E Price.

The moon has raised her lamp above - 1930s sheet music as sold by the shop owned by Ezra Price

The moon has raised her lamp above – 1930s sheet music as sold by the shop owned by Ezra Price

The moon may have raised her lamp above. But the workers at E Price’s shop have used that moon as the background for their rubber stamp mark.

E. price and sons Ltd have stamped on the moon!

E. price and sons Ltd have stamped on the moon!

So there we have it – E. Price and Sons Ltd of Handel House, Devizes who sold pianos, gramophones, records etc. We think this particular piece of sheet music dates from the early thirties which was long after Ezra’s death but the name of the old Market Lavingtonian lingered on via the business he founded. Interestingly, Rog recalls buying this music as a brand new item at the music shop in Devizes in 1971. ‘There were drawers laden with old sheet music’, said Rog. The cost was almost give-away. Rog recalls that Mr Oliver, who by then owned the shop, carefully converted the sixpence price into the new decimal currency and charged 2½p for this music. The music can remind us that people have always moved around. Some came to Lavington and made good. Others, like old Ezra, found fame and fortune a few miles from their original Lavington home.