Posts Tagged ‘garden’

Edington Monastery Gardens

May 17, 2016

No. The Monastery Gardens at Edington are not in Market Lavington. But in the early years of the twentieth century they were a regular venue for church treats. Mr Burgess, the Market Lavington photographer often accompanied these trips. He, no doubt, had an eye to the chance of selling lots of copies of photos. Aspects were well recorded.

Here the Market Lavington band has been captured on photo. They are entertaining a vast crowd of people.

rket Lavington Prize Silver Band entertain at Edington Monastery Gardens in about 1912

Market Lavington Prize Silver Band entertain at Edington Monastery Gardens in about 1912

This is a lovely photo in its own right but we do have an ulterior motive for showing it.

We were recently visited by the current head gardener at these gardens along with his partner. She also gardens there. They want to recreate some of the former glories of the area and in seeking information and pictures they found this blog. But our interest, inevitably, is a bit niche. We only have a record of Market Lavington people at the gardens in the region of 100 years ago. There may well be other people with many more images than we have who could offer more help.

If you could help with this project then get in touch with us and we’ll pass your message on.

Maybe in the future we could be enjoying a day at these gardens with boating on the lake and a band on the lawn. Possibly, it could be the current Market Lavington band.




Easterton Manor Garden

October 15, 2015

There is not a huge amount to say about this photo. It is just one to admire and enjoy.

Easterton Manor Garden - early 20th century

Easterton Manor Garden – early 20th century

We are looking, presumably, from an upstairs window, at a part of the garden at Easterton Manor. That’s the large house more or less opposite White Street in Easterton.

The garden looks simply stunning and has all the hallmarks of a household where gardeners were employed. The home owners were John William Morgan Williams (1855-1942) and his wife Florence Letitia (1866 – 1946). All tales point to Florence Letitia being the manager and organiser whilst John spent money he hadn’t really got on all sorts he probably shouldn’t have.

But there’s no doubt that the garden was in wonderful order. Everything looks in perfect, and beautiful condition. A couple of chairs look to be just the place for a servant to bring a tray of tea out to the couple.

Where is this?

February 19, 2015

Items seem to be able to arrive at a museum without any documentation. We guess this photo has been hanging around for years. It’s a large photo being eight by six inches – a good old British photo size. It is card mounted with that mount measuring about 14 by 11.5 inches. The photo depicts a large four square brick built house with interesting chimneys. All very well, except that we can’t identify it. We appeal for your help.

A large and distinguished looking house - but where is it?

A large and distinguished looking house – but where is it?

This really should be identifiable. The chimneys are certainly distinctive.

Distinctive chimneys

Distinctive chimneys

It’s probably too much to expect that anybody might recognise the family group.

A family group in the garden

A family group in the garden

The cow looks to be a Jersey. She could well be in calf.


The house cow, perhaps


Another distinctive feature could be the thatched wall to the right of the house.

The thatched wall could shelter a kitchen garden

The thatched wall could shelter a kitchen garden

If this is Market Lavington or Easterton then we do hope somebody can tell us just which house this is or was.

If it isn’t, then we feel the picture should go to a more suitable home.

Either way, do get in touch and let us know where this is.

Edington Monastery Gardens

February 22, 2014

We know from previous posts that Edington Monastery Gardens was a popular destination from Market Lavington. We have seen photos of the Congregational Church treats at this venue. You could click here or here or even here to see posts about the gardens

In one of the posts we featured a card of the gardens, but here we’ll look at that in more detail.

Edington Monastery Gardens were a popular day out venue for Market Lavington folk

Edington Monastery Gardens were a popular day out venue for Market Lavington folk

First of all, we’ll look at the credits on the card.

The card was produced by Burgess and Sons of Market Lavington

The card was produced by Burgess and Sons of Market Lavington

Our very own Mr Alf Burgess (or his sons) took the photos and made the card. A chap called F S Marsh owned the gardens.


F S Marsh was the proprietor

F S Marsh was the proprietor

Certainly a Frederick Sugden Marsh lived in the area. He was a shop keeper.

Mr Burgess has taken a variety of photos in and around the gardens.image005

Here we have the 1st class pavilion


This photo was taken on one of the Market Lavington Congregational Church outings.

Edington Priory Church – these days a venue for concerts as well as services.


Once again we see our Alf Burgess with an eye to the main chance. Presumably this card could be sold to visitors from elsewhere.


Clyffe Hall Garden

May 31, 2013

Market Lavington Museum has recently acquired a colour print of a water colour of a part of the garden at Clyffe Hall

Clyffe Hall is an attractive 18th century house which, for many years in the early 20th century was occupied by Thomas Rolls Warrington (later Lord Warrington of Clyffe) and his wife. Thomas was a high court judge. The couple were childless and, no doubt, much enjoyed the peace their garden offered.

Let’s look at the picture.

The garden at Clyffe Hall, Market Lavington published in 1924.

The garden at Clyffe Hall, Market Lavington published in 1924.

It is captioned ‘Clyffe Hall, Market Lavington: American Pillar Roses in the herbaceous borders.

This page comes from a copy of ‘My Garden Book’ by John Weathers and published by The Library Press in 1924.

The artist is particularly of interest to us.


It is Ellen Warrington who is surely a relative. Thomas’s wife was Emma Maud. We know nothing of Ellen.

Ellen was a known artist. Her work appears on Tucks Oilette postcards but we’d like to know more about her. Can you help?

In the Garden at Beech House

January 9, 2013

This photo has recently arrived at Market Lavington Museum.


In the garden at Beech House, Market Lavington in 1889

It shows the Welch family in the garden of their home – Beech House in Market Lavington in 1889.

The Welch family relax in their Market Lavington garden

The Welch family relax in their Market Lavington garden

But we are going to concentrate on the gardener who chanced to be in the photo as he wheeled his wheelbarrow in the background.


It isn’t the best photo in the world, but it’s a fair bet that for this chap photos were a rarity. And because the Welch family continued (and continue) to live in the village, we know who he was. This chap was John Lawes.

John Lawes’s birth was registered in the Devizes district during the third quarter of 1839. On censuses, he says he was born in Market Lavington. There is no surviving 1841 census for Market Lavington so our earliest document is on the 1851 census when 11 year old John lived with presumed parents, Luke a gardener and Sarah and three younger siblings. The address was Fiddington House which was a private asylum, then run by Charles Hitchcock. Luke, would have been a gardener in the extensive and attractive grounds.

In 1861 Luke was working in Lambeth with Sarah and family. John was not with his parents and we haven’t traced him.

John married Sarah Bash (probably Baish) in 1865. In 1871 the couple and their daughter, Emma, lived at White Street in Market Lavington. John was an agricultural labourer.

In 1881, with James added to the family, the address was Sargants Hill Farm Cottage number 2. This was up on Salisbury Plain and John was still labouring.

Sarah died in 1882 and was buried at St Mary’s, Market Lavington on 21st June.

John remarried – to Jane Thomas in 1884. We can’t trace them on the 1891 census.

In 1901 John and Jane along with a granddaughter (probably of Jane’s) were living at Market Place, Market Lavington. John was a gardener.

The couple were still in Market Lavington in 1911 – after 27 years of marriage. John was calling himself a general labourer. He wrote the census form with a very neat hand.

Jane died in 1912 so John had a second wife buried in the churchyard in Market Lavington

He followed them to the churchyard in 1914.

In a Monastery Garden

March 25, 2012

Anyone expecting something about Albert Ketelbey’s very well known music will be disappointed. Mr ketelbey wrote his light classical piece in 1915 after a visit to a monastery garden in Bridlington, Yorkshire. There are other stories about the origin of the music.

Had Albert, the composer, visited the monastery garden at Edington on July 29th, 1912, he might have written a more raucous piece of music, for he’d have found the garden thick with folk from Market Lavington. These gardens were the chosen venue for the Congregational Church outing on that day. More than 100 church members made the journey to Edington and, at some point, they all lined up for Mr Burgess, the Market Lavington photographer to record the happy throng.

Market Lavington Congregational Church members at Edington Monastery Garden in 1912

These days, we’d hardly think of Edington as a destination for a day out, although we might still enjoy the peace of the village and its grand church for a shorter visit. We might even enjoy a concert in the church.

Edington is but 6 miles from Market Lavington. It would, normally, be no more than a quarter of an hour away in a car. But 100 plus people, back in 1912, would have occupied many a cart or carriage and still most would have walked. So even a short journey was a whole day out – and a very special day to enjoy.

Close up of some of the church members, including George Pike, butcher of Market Lavington

From this enlargement we can see that the party was mixed in age and gender. We can name one of the people in this enlargement. The man half way up on the left was George Pike – a village butcher and a lifelong stalwart of the Congregational movement. We’d love to hear from you if you can identify any others.

The Monastery Gardens advertised themselves with their own postcard

Edington Monastery Gardens advertising post card can be found at Market Lavington Museum