Posts Tagged ‘lake’

On the clay pit

October 12, 2015

A few days ago we featured Tom George who was born at the brickworks in 1920. His father was the manager there.

We have him again today, this time playing on a raft on the clay pit.

Tom George on a claypit raft in 1931

Tom George on a claypit raft in 1931

These days we hold up our hands in horror at the idea of kids playing on industrial sites. But Tom lived there and we are pleased to report he is still a fit man today.

The photo dates from 1931 and also shows Bert, Tom’s father and also his sister, Amy.

Tom's father and sister are watching on

Tom’s father and sister are watching on

We are assured the water was only 2 feet 6 inches deep.

What a lovely photo of life in what looks to have been a fairly carefree childhood.

Clyffe Hall Lake

November 12, 2014

There’s not much open water in Market Lavington. The streams are small and much of the parish is on chalkland which, of course, allows water to seep into it. There are a couple of artificial bodies of water which can just about be called lakes. One of them is in the grounds of Clyffe Hall.

Clyffe Hall Lake in about 1920

Clyffe Hall Lake in about 1920

This particular photo was given recently by Ian in Australia. The photo is not perfect – the right hand side is well speckled but it shows the lake nicely, with a small boat just visible on the left. We think the photo dates from after World War One.

The lake, of course, is still there and this photo was taken during the year 2000 fete in the grounds. There were small boats on the lake and in the background is a balloon for that fete had as a guest, round the world balloonist Brian Jones.

The lake in the year 2000

The lake in the year 2000

Another view in 2006 shows the house in the background and a swan on the lake.

 

Lake and house in 2006

Lake and house in 2006