Posts Tagged ‘motor’

An Apprenticeship Indenture

April 3, 2013

Recent communications regarding Mr Milsom’s garage continue. Rosemary has sent a copy of an apprenticeship indenture as shown below. It concerns her father being apprenticed to Mr Milsom.

Apprenticeship Indenture for Robert Godfrety of Easterton to learn the trade of motor engineer from Reginald Milsom of Market Lavington

Apprenticeship Indenture for Robert Godfrety of Easterton to learn the trade of motor engineer from Reginald Milsom of Market Lavington

As can be seen, this is mostly a pre-prepared form with a small amount of handwriting needed to complete the document. It reads

The Wiltshire Society

This indenture made the fifth day of December one thousand nine hundred and thirty two BETWEEN Reginald Milsom of Church Street, Market Lavington, Wiltshire trading as a motor and general  engineer (hereinafter called “the Masters” which expression where the context permits shall include the survivors or survivor of them or the executors, administrators or assigns of such survivor and, in the case of a Limited Company the successors or assigns of the said company) of the first part Robin Edward Godfrey of Oak Cottage, Easterton, Wiltshire (hereafter called “the Parent” of the second part Robert Bernard Godfrey (hereinafter called “the Apprentice” of the third part and Godfrey Emil Rice the Hon. Secretary of the Wiltshire Society (who and whose successors for the time being in the said office are hereinafter referred to and included in the expression “the Secretary”) of the fourth part. WHEREAS the Apprentice with the consent of the Parent  has agreed to bind himself and the Masters have agreed to accept him as an Apprentice upon the conditions hereinafter contained. NOW THIS INDENTURE WITNESSETH that in consideration of the sum of fifteen pounds shillings charity money paid out of the funds of the said Society to the  Masters on execution of these presents the receipt whereof the Masters do hereby acknowledge and of the agreement to pay the further  sum of fifteen pounds shillings hereinafter contained and in consideration also of the service of the Apprentice to be done or performed to or for the Masters and of the covenants and agreements hereinafter entered into by the Parent  and Apprentice the Masters hereby covenant  with the Parent and Apprentice  and also as a separate covenant with the Secretary in manner following that is to say That they will take and receive the Apprentice as their Apprentice from the fifth day of December One thousand nine hundred and thirty two for the term of four years and also will during the said term to the best of their knowledge power and ability teach and instruct or cause to be taught and instructed the Apprentice in the art trade or business of….. and in all things incident and relating thereto. AND will pay the Apprentice at the rates and in the manner following that is to say:

during the first year six shillings per week

during the second year nine shillings per week

during the third year twelve shillings per week

during the fourth year fifteen shillings per week.

Odd that the trade that young Robert Bernard Godfrey was to learn was not shown. Unlike youngsters who were bound apprentice 100 years earlier, at least Robert had a little money and could lead, legitimately, a bit of his own life.

Vacuum Motor Car Oils

July 26, 2010

This enamel sign – not in the best of conditions, is one of the artefacts we have in store at Market Lavington Museum. In times past, the right hand edge has been bent backwards around a right angle, presumably to make it fit better on the wall. Or perhaps it was arranged to stand out at right angles from a wall.

Vacuum Motor Car Oils - an enamel sign at Market Lavington Museum

It is thought that this sign once adorned ‘The Cycle Store’ where John Hampton Meritt Junior ran not only the cycle shop, but also facilities for motorists. Indeed, he set up the first petrol pumps in the village. Sadly we have found no photographic evidence to confirm this.

The Vacuum Oil Company was, originally an American concern. It was founded as long ago as 1866 but the sign is obviously more recent since 1866 was before the invention of the motor car. In 1931 the Vacuum company, already a part of the Standard OilCompany of New York, merged with Mobil Oil so our sign will date from about 1931. The company had an interesting early history, with law suits for trying to destroy rival companies. It survived and grew to have sales operations right round the world.

Maybe older residents – 80 plus year olds – will remember the sign. If so, do let us know so we can confirm just where it was placed.

The Milsom Family of Market Lavington

April 23, 2010

Yesterday, people found this website whilst searching for information on the Milsom family. Today’s entry is a direct response to those searches. If any searchers would like to contact the curator, he could, no doubt, give more information.

Reginald Milsom ran a motor engineering works and garage in Market Lavington, on Church Street.

This photo, which we have at Market Lavington Museum, shows his premises. These lasted long after the business ended. They were pulled down about four years ago but the name remains for the new housing in the area is called Milsom’s Court.

Reginald Milsom's premises on Church Street, Market Lavington

Reginald was not a Market Lavington man by birth. In fact we know very little about him. He was born in about 1892 but we do not know where and we do not know when he moved to Market Lavington and set up his business. One of the odd relics we have in the museum is a piece of church bell bearing which Mr Milsom used on his drill bench. The bearings were replaced in the early 1930s so we know Reg was in place by then.

Reg’s daughter, Marjory, writes

There were no fire engines in villages when I was a girl in Wiltshire in the 1930s. When I was about 10 years old, my father Reginald Milsom built the first fire engine for Market Lavington. Father was a motor engineer and owned the garage and taxi company in Church Street opposite the village church. In 1935, at the age of 14 years old, I left school and joined him in the business, collecting my overalls from Robert Kemp in The Brittox in Devizes. I stayed with him for 16 years, working with the men and learning the trade. We collected and delivered cars for repair in a 10 mile area as at that time there were few garages, or cars, around.

Marjory goes on to explain how here father built a fire engine for the parish but that might form another blog article in the future.

Marjory, as she said, worked with her father in the business. She must have been well ahead of her time as far as Womens’ lib was concerned.

Reginald Milsom with daughter Marjory - motor engineers of Market Lavington

Reg and his wife Gladys, are both buried in the churchyard at Market Lavington. Reg died in 1962. Gladys lived until 1977.