Posts Tagged ‘postcard’

A Bird’s Eye View

July 14, 2014

Messrs Tomkins and Barrett of Swindon, who published this colour tinted photo of Market Lavington have captioned it as Bird’s Eye View, Market Lavington.

Bird's Eye View of Market Lavington

Bird’s Eye View of Market Lavington

I think we’d call it a view from the hill. The image just has the church on the extreme left. The printing process employed is certainly not the sharpest. If the colours are anything like correct we can certainly see why roads leading up onto the downs were called White Street.

This card was posted in Market Lavington.

Message and address

Message and address

It was posted on March 9th 1908 and as was often the way with Edwardian postcards, the message is written in a different orientation from the address. It made it that bit harder for a postman to read.

The sender was M Baker – This could have been one of three sisters, Margaret, Mabel or Mollie. Their father, John, had held the ironmongers shop and we have had many artefacts given by members of that family. These three sisters all emigrated to Canada.

The photo of the unknown porter

April 8, 2014

Here we have a lovely studio portrait of a young man.

This photo of an unknown man is at Market Lavington Museum

This photo of an unknown man is at Market Lavington Museum

The picture is post card sized and has a postcard back.

The back of the photo has no information to help identify the man

The back of the photo has no information to help identify the man

The publisher/printer is not named and the only added information is the museum identity number.

We do not know who the man is but we believe the photo dates from around the time of the First World War.

Enlarging the photo reveals the word ‘porter’ on the cap of the man.


We would, of course, dearly like to know who this man is. Do get in touch if you can help.

A modern postcard

February 8, 2014

And comparisons with past times

It is good to know that more than 100 years since Alf Burgess first produced postcards of our village, a modern version is still available.

This 2011 issued postcard shows four views of the village.

2011 multiview postcard of Market Lavington

2011 multiview postcard of Market Lavington

This card was produced for Market Lavington Post Office, so no wonder their attractive premises are shown at bottom right.


We can compare this with one of Alf Burgess’s views.


This was taken in 1911 when folks were celebrating the Coronation of King George V. You can hardly see what is now the Post Office because the building on the left, on the corner of Church Street and Parsonage Lane, had not then been demolished.

At bottom left on the new postcard we have the church.


The view, back in 1917, was remarkably different.


At top left, on the new card we can see a view along High Street, past the Co-op on the left, the Market Place and the chemist’s shop on the corner of Rochelle Court.


This 1906 picture shows much the same view.


Finally, the top right image is a view from the downs.


And here is a similar view from the Burgess collection.


Isn’t it good that you can still buy a postcard of the village and send it off to people. And of course, we keep one of the 21st century cards, as well as the old ones, at the museum.

A Market Lavington Christmas card in 1922

December 25, 2013

A Happy Christmas to all our readers who celebrate this event – and here’s hoping all those that don’t celebrate have a really good day as well.

In the UK we have a long tradition of sending cards at Christmas and today we are going to look at a Market Lavington card from over 90 years ago. It takes the form of a standard postcard.

A Christmas Card from Market Lavington sent in 1922

A Christmas Card from Market Lavington sent in 1922

The card is one of those generic ones, over-stamped with ‘From Market Lavington’ and with a photograph stuck on. The photo is of a wintry scene – probably not in Market Lavington.

However, we assume a Market Lavington shop sold such cards and this one was posted in Market Lavington on 23rd December 1922.

A Market Lavington postmark for December 23rd 1922

A Market Lavington postmark for December 23rd 1922

The name Fericker seems not to be correct since nobody of that name actually seems to exist. Chapmanslade, where the card went, is between Westbury and Frome.

The message doesn’t say all that much and certainly seems very formal by today’s standards.

The message. 'Dear B' was wished a pleasant time.

The message. ‘Dear B’ was wished a pleasant time.

Miss Fericker appears to be ‘B’. Here’s hoping she did have a pleasant time and that the weather improved so that Uncle could get over to see her. Unless Uncle was a driver in 1922/23, he was not in for an easy journey. With one change of train he could get to Dilton Marsh – Chapmanslade was a part of that parish but it would still have been a three mile walk to Chapmanslade.

Of course, if anyone can identify who sender and recipient were, we’d be delighted to hear from them. That could be a little Christmas present to us at Market Lavington Museum.

Gone Fishing

December 22, 2013

One can’t imagine many anglers heading for the stream that goes under the road between Market and West Lavington these days. But photographic evidence suggests it happened in the past.

Fishing in the stream by Cornbury Bridge

Fishing in the stream by Cornbury Bridge

The caption on the card reads Cornberry Bridge, Lavington. It should say Cornbury Bridge and it is the bridge over the stream which separates the two parishes of West and market Lavington. The road we see in the bottom right, the man apparently fishing and half the bridge are in West Lavington. The rest of the picture is Market Lavington.

We cannot date the photo but believe it may be from between the two World Wars. If anyone can identify the fisherman, or, indeed, the small boy sitting on the bridge parapet, it might help us to get more accuracy on the date.

The people in the photo

The people in the photo

Any thoughts, anyone?

Inside the church

December 16, 2013


Yesterday we saw a postcard of the outside of Market Lavington Church used to send a Christmas message. Today we’ll look at the inside of the building on another postcard.

Market Lavington Church interior - an Edwardian postcard

Market Lavington Church interior – an Edwardian postcard

This dates from over 100 years ago, but churches don’t change much and you have to look for differences in details.

Perhaps the most obvious is the message on the end wall, above the window which reads, ‘Glory be to God on High’.

Sharp eyed viewers will notice organ pipes on the extreme right. Soon after this photo was taken the organ was moved to a location in the chancel.

This card, like yesterday’s one has been sent.

The card was sent from Market Lavington in 1918. May sent the card to Mrs Clarke

The card was sent from Market Lavington in 1918. May sent the card to Mrs Clarke.

It was sent in 1918, but the photo is at least ten years earlier than that. It was posted in market Lavington.

Almost inevitably we can’t identify the ‘May’ who sent it or the Mrs Clarke who received it.

Christmas is Coming

December 15, 2013

The very name, Christmas, makes this a Christian religious festival to celebrate the birth of Christ. Most people now celebrate the event in a very secular way. It’s a chance to spend a lot of money, spoil the family and probably eat far too much and possibly drink far too much as well. The religious meaning of the day gets forgotten.

But it wasn’t always so. We can’t quite make out the date on this postmark but it would seem to be December 22nd 1907 or perhaps 1904.

A post card wishing a Happy Christmas to Mrs Stitson - from the Edwardian era.

A post card wishing a Happy Christmas to Mrs Stitson – from the Edwardian era.

The card was posted in Chippenham to a person in Newton Abbot in Devon. It doesn’t seem to have a lot to do with Market Lavington. But the picture does.

The image is a colour tinted version of Market Lavington Church

The image is a colour tinted version of Market Lavington Church

Yes, it is Market Lavington Church – an appropriate image for Christmas.

But why choose Market Lavington Church unless you are connected with the village?

Well, the person who chose the card were Potters by name – F and P we think.

Potter was a common Market Lavington name. There were 31 Potters living in Market Lavington at the time of the 1911 census. Another five had been born in Market Lavington but lived elsewhere. Three Potters had been born in Easterton.

But none seem to match the initials F and P.

But we still have a card of the church – colour tinted and used as a Happy Christmas Card.

The Robber’s Stone

October 19, 2013

We were recently given a postcard of one of the two robber’s stones erected in the area. This one says it is the one on Chitterne Down. The other is at Gore which was once in the parish of Market Lavington but is now, more sensibly, in West Lavington.

The Robbers Stone commemorates a victory for law and order over highwaymen who roamed the lonely downs in the Lavington area

The Robber’s Stone commemorates a victory for law and order over highwaymen who roamed the lonely downs in the Lavington area

The plaque is unreadable on the postcard, but this is what the one at Gore says.

At this spot Mr Dean of Imber was attacked and robbed by four highwaymen in the evening of October 21st 1839. After a spirited pursuit of three hours, one of the felons, BENJAMIN COLCLOUGH, fell dead on Chitterne Down. THOMAS SAUNDERS,  GEORGE WATERS & RICHARD HARRIS were eventually captured and were convicted at the ensuing quarter session at Devizes and transported for the term of fifteen years. This monument was erected by public subscription as a warning to those who presumptuously think to escape the punishment God has threatened against theives and robbers.’

Yes the stone does have an e before i in thieves!

It is the other side of this card which gives us an intriguing mystery.

The card is addressed to Miss Draper of The Sands in Market Lavington. We are almost certain this was Edith Annie Draper who, it transpires, was the grandmother of the person who gave us the card. She was born in about 1882 in Market Lavington and in 1901 she was living with her parents on the sands in Market Lavington. She married Gilbert Bishop in 1910 so it seems a fair bet that she was the recipient of this message sent on November 8th 1906.

Now to the message – a strange one.

If you rob anyone you will fear and then you will run and you may get the same as this man got. I mean the thing you can’t see. I believe that you want this kind.

M. R. P. M.

What does it all mean? Is the sender threatening Miss Draper with death? Is ‘this man’ Benjamin Colclough which you certainly can’t see on the postcard?

But then the last sentence might imply that the kindly sender had found a card he thought Miss Draper would like. And presumably she thought enough of it to keep it. Edith Bishop – the former Miss Draper died in 1969 and the card was obviously passed on. It is now well over the 100 years old.

We are left wondering who M R P M was. Presumably they were closely connected with Market Lavington as the post mark carries the village name. There’s a chance that this person was closely connected with the Congregational Church for the Drapers and the Bishops certainly were. But as yet we have not thought of a way to identify the sender.

Clyffe Hall Hill in 1908

August 6, 2013

Clyffe Hall Hill – almost flat if you are travelling in a car – leads up from Cornbury Bridge towards The Spring. Walkers and cyclists notice it is uphill as you go past Clyffe Hall on the right and then Lavington School on the left. Here we have an attractive hand tinted card.

Clyffe Hall Hill in Lavington, Wiltshire - 1908

Clyffe Hall Hill in Lavington, Wiltshire – 1908

Two boys lean over the parapet of Cornbury Bridge. The stream marks the parish boundary so our photographer is in West Lavington, the boys are right on the boundary and anything on the other side of the bridge is in Market Lavington. Clyffe Hall, unseen, is behind the trees and the road into Market Lavington climbs up the hill to the left.

It is tempting to say that the two boys are playing Pooh sticks, but the name, if not the game, had not been invented then. Winnie the Pooh was named after a real bear from Winnipeg in Canada, brought over by a Canadian soldier vet during World War 1 and after time on Salisbury Plain Winnie was given to London Zoo where one Christopher Robin Milne fell in love with it.


Note the Market Lavington post mark

This is a postcard which was posted in Market Lavington. The card was sent by Florrie – but Florrie who. We are fairly sure the recipient was Mrs Ellen Lambourn, married to John who was a jobbing gardener. Neither have any obvious connection to Lavington for Ellen was Somerset born and John hailed, originally, from Berkshire. But they had a daughter called Edith who would have been celebrating her 8th birthday when this card was sent in 1908.

The card, for once, is not published by Mr Burgess although he may well have taken the original picture.

Miss Hiscock in Winchester

May 6, 2013

Today we are looking at a card sent to a Miss Hiscock in Winchester. It isn’t the first time we have done such a thing, but this time the address on the card matches one we can find in the 1911 census so we know who this particular Miss Hiscock actually was.

Let’s start with the message side of the card.

Card sent to Miss A Hiscock - q cook in Winchester who was born and raised in Market Lavington

Card sent to Miss A Hiscock – a cook in Winchester who was born and raised in Market Lavington

We can see this card was posted in Oxford on March 27th 1908. The message is short and tells us little. We have to remember that the Edwardian postcard was very much the text message of the time. It appears to be confirming an arrangement for ‘Annie’ to meet Miss A Hiscock. But that address matters, for we can identify from it that this was Alice Mahala Hiscock, born in 1882 in Market Lavington.

Alice’s parents were James and Amelia Hiscock and they lived at the Easterton end of Market Lavington High Street. Market Lavington born James was a blacksmith/engineer. Alice lived all her childhood in Market Lavington and we guess she attended the village school. In 1901 she was described as a domestic servant but she was living with her parents.

For the 1911 census, Alice was the cook for John Shawcross, a clerk in Holy orders who lived at Kenley, Barnes Close, Winchester.

We believe Alice married Wilfrid Waters in 1914. She died in 1975 in the Trowbridge area of Wiltshire.

And now let’s see the front of the card.

This card shows the part of High Street, market Lavington where Alice lived as a girl

This card shows the part of High Street, Market Lavington where Alice lived as a girl

This would be a good choice, for we think the Hiscock family may have occupied one of the cottages on the right hand side of the road. It’s just possible that people in the picture are Hiscocks.