Posts Tagged ‘lost and found’

Well well!

October 4, 2015

Back in 1996 the old Parish Room was demolished and the site cleared as part of developments at the nursing home on High Street. Strange things can be found under an early twentieth century hut like building. This strange item is a well.

Well unearthed during 1996 developments at the nursing home

Well unearthed during 1996 developments at the nursing home

The team of workers may not have been aware of that well when they had their digger precisely on the top of it. It is interesting, though, to see the construction of a well from the outside.

That doesn't look the safest place to be

That doesn’t look the safest place to be

The well is made of ordinary brick – probably Lavington made ones. If the finish looks a bit rough, then that’s not surprising since wells were constructed from the inside. This outside part was never seen when the well was in use.

We assume it has been safely capped by now.




Another ‘Lost and Found’ item

September 20, 2015

We have mentioned before that one of our favourite websites at Market Lavington Museum is ‘Under the floorboards’. The owner of this site has done a lovely job in documenting just what was found under the floorboards of cottages he renovated.

And today we have an ‘under the floorboards’ item found during recent work on 21 Church Street in Market Lavington.


This – we see both sides here – is an 1806 coin. It is just about 30 mm across which means it is a half penny or ha’penny as we all used to say in pre-decimal coinage days.

The coin may date from 1906 but that does not represent when it was lost. It is a very worn coin. The writing on the reverse or tails side has all but vanished as has some on the obverse or heads side. At no more than a guess this coin had been in circulation for 50 years before slipping between the boards at the Church Street house. If we guess a year, and say it was lost in 1860 then it would be a bit like losing something like £1.20 today. It would certainly have been annoying.

The King at the time was George III or Georgius III as the coin says. He reigned from 1760 until 1820.

More ‘Lost and Found’

September 7, 2015

2015 really has been the year for ‘Lost and Found’ at Market Lavington Museum. We set up a display of items lost and found and since then many more have been given to us. One section of our Museum Miscellany on Saturday 3rd October in the Community Hall will be about metal items lost on the old recreation ground and found by metal detectorist Norman.
But today we feature a bottle – one of several we have just been given by Judith. She found them when she lived in Easterton more than forty years ago.

Bottle found many years ago in Easterton

Bottle found many years ago in Easterton

This bottle is one of those with a marble stopper, held in place by the pressure of an aerated drink.


The bottle was filled with drink by the Netheravon Brewery

It carries the name of ‘THE BREWERY – NETHERAVON’.

Interestingly, there is still a brewery in Netheravon – a micro-brewery was set up in 1984 by Tony Bunce.
It comes as no surprise that the name of the brewer,on the other side of the bottle, is not that of Tony Bunce or his successors.

The brewer was T W Hussey

The brewer was T W Hussey

It is T W Hussey.
Thomas Whiting Hussey is listed on the 1901 census as a brewer in Netheravon. Living with him, at the time, is a niece who was born in Lavington. There was clearly a close link between Thomas at the brewery and his relatives in Market Lavington and Easterton. Perhaps that was why this bottle found its way to Easterton.
We know very little about the brewery itself.

German jetons

June 16, 2015

Let’s start with an extract from Wikipedia. Yes, we know it can’t be 100% relied upon, but it has become a good starting point when you want to know about something. And it can tell us what a jeton is.

Jetons were token or coin-like medals produced across Europe from the 13th through the 17th centuries. They were produced as counters for use in calculation on a lined board similar to an abacus. They also found use as a money substitute in games, similar to modern casino chips or poker chips. Thousands of different jetons exist, mostly of religious and educational designs, as well as portraits, these most resembling coinage. (The spelling “jeton” is from the French; the English spell it “jetton”.)

So, jetons (or jettons) are counters or gaming chips. We have a collection of 16th century German jetons at Market Lavington Museum.

What it says on the label - German Jetons from the 1500s

What it says on the label – German Jetons from the 1500s

They were found on the Home Field – the former recreation ground – and it could suggest that gambling took place in the area. Why they were from Germany we don’t know but we can see these tokens do have a coin like appearance.

You can see these and many other items in our ‘Lost and Found’ display which was all new for this year.

Lost and Found

April 3, 2015

One of the new displays for the 2015 season is called ‘Lost and Found’. This is a display of items which were once lost in market Lavington and Easterton and have now been found. Many are metal detector found items. Some have been found, quite by chance, whilst digging gardens, or whilst roadworks have been going on.

Trade tokens - both local and from elsewhere

Trade tokens – both local and from elsewhere


This display has items from the Roman era through to the 20th century.


A thimble in a field. Many have been found in Market Lavington

There’s just a small sample which also includes glass and china items.

Make sure you visit this year to see the full display.