Posts Tagged ‘footpath’

Grove Bridge in the 1920s

June 3, 2013

This scene is fairly unchanging and always pretty. No wonder it was a favourite for photographers. We last looked at this scene back in March (click here). That photo was taken twenty years before this one.

Grove Bridge, Market Lavington in the 1920s

Grove Bridge, Market Lavington in the 1920s

Our timeless view was taken from the path which led from the Manor to the Church,  through the fields of Grove Farm. These days the path ends near the bus stop on Grove Road. The bridge passes over the little stream called Northbrook. Just behind the photographer we’d find the Bubbling Kettle, also known as the Boily Pot or even the Pot Boiling.

Behind us,  the bridge, the path leads up and then past a line of trees including many sweet chestnuts. These days a chain link fence lines the left side of the path and over it we can see the former Market Lavington Manor House. This is now, and has been for 80 or more years, a part of Dauntsey’s School. The grounds, between the path and the house are in use as a small golf course for the school.

This is now a well frequented path for walkers, with or without dog. It’s rare to walk that path without stopping for a chat with other folk, out for a stroll.

Ladywood Lane

August 23, 2012

Ladywood Lane, in Market Lavington,  is the one which runs from the roundabout at the bottom of Canada Rise to what we now call The Bubbling Kettle. It’s a footpath and has always been a popular walk. These days we tend to think of footpath walking as a leisure activity but of course at one time footpaths were used because people needed to get to the other end. The Ladywood path formed part of a route from the village to the manor. It also helped form a short cut route between Market Lavington and Lavington Station. It has been, and still is a well-worn route=way.

Part of the route is alongside the Northbrook stream. It means the path suffers a double whammy. It is worn away by the walking feet on top and by the flowing water to the side. Periodically, it needs repair.

One such occasion was in 1984. The old path had got very uneven and was horribly slippery when wet. Labour was available, due to high unemployment at the time so local young adults were offered the chance to earn some money working with a trainer and making good Ladywood Lane.

Our photo shows the team on Grove Bridge, with their very smart handiwork on their left.

Reg Beedon (left) and the Lavington Community Jobs Team at Grove Bridge on the edge of Ladywood Lane in 1984

The only person we can name is the man on the left – the team supervisor, Reg Beedon. Maybe a reader can give us other names.

Looking across the bridge we can see that this was before the Grove Farm Estate was built. When people arrived, to live in the new housing, they had a lovely walk right on their doorstep. Not surprisingly, that attack of feet and water brought the same stretch of path into a poor state again meaning heavy repairs were needed a couple of years ago. These repairs incorporate a memorial to former chair of the parish council, Di Lunn, who loved the area.

Grove Bridge

March 28, 2012

Grove Bridge

Market Lavington parish is long and thin. The village fits across the thin dimension. To the south of the village there is a large, empty tract of land on Salisbury Plain. Much of the land to the north of the village is farmland with arable and meadow on the sand and dairying on the lush grass of the clay around the railway line. Some areas are woodland and it is an area of woodland we are looking at today.

Grove Bridge, Market Lavington about a hundred years ago. The view looks almost identical today.

Here we are looking down a path. Behind us, but at quite a distance, is Market Lavington Manor – now in the possession of Dauntsey’s School. This path was sometimes called ‘The Road to the Manor’. Ahead we see the bridge over the Northbrook Stream close by the little spring which usually gets called ‘The Bubbling Kettle’ but was known as ‘The Pot Boiling’ in times past.

Perhaps the good news is that the view, today, is virtually unchanged from this photo – taken about 100 years ago. The same path is still there and a similar bridge spans the stream.

The difference would come after you crossed the bridge. 100 years ago you’d have arrived at the pastureland of Grove Farm. This became an area for housing in the last years of the twentieth century – so all change beyond the bridge.

Development and change is not bad, just because it happens. The Grove Farm housing is generally pleasing and mixed in style and size. There’s something there to suit many different tastes. New housing brings new people who add to the lifeblood of a community. Some of us may miss our rural walk from home to village centre, but Market Lavington and Easterton are still very fortunate to have so many footpaths in rural areas as well as a community big enough to support a good variety of shops, pubs and other services.