Posts Tagged ‘postcard’

Lovers’ Walk

February 14, 2013

Lovers may walk, but according to this postcard they also find totally impossible places to sit and enjoy a cuddle. Our image for St Valentine’s Day is one of many Edwardian postcards we have at Market Lavington Museum.

Cynicus card of Lovers' Walk in Market Lavington - or anywhere else!

Cynicus card of Lovers’ Walk in Market Lavington – or anywhere else!

Ah yes, The Lovers’ Walk, Market Lavington. But it might just as well have been Easterton, Fiddington or, indeed, anywhere else in the country.

This card was produced by Cynicus. The Victorian artist Martin Anderson (Cynicus) was born in Leuchars, Fife in 1854.  He set up the Cynicus Publishing Co in Tayport Fife in 1902.

Different town names could be added to this card. It could pretend to be at any town or village.

So the image has no connection with our locality at all. It is a generic picture that just has the Market Lavington name stamped over the top of it.

No doubt there were real Lovers’ Walks in the Lavington area but I hope couples didn’t canoodle on the spindly branches that Cynicus shows.


Code breakers needed.

November 21, 2012

Here’s an interesting item we have at Market Lavington Museum. It’s a postcard that has been written in code. At first glance it doesn’t look to have much to do with Market Lavington for it was posted in Chippenham to a Miss Hiscock who was at an address at Twyford near Winchester. Rest assured, the picture on the other side of the card is of Market Lavington but we’d like to sort out who the Miss Hiscock was and who sent it. To have a chance, we need to crack the code.

So, here’s the card.

Post card in code at Market Lavington Museum. Can you crack the code?

It was posted on November 13th 1903.

Stamp and postmark – Chippenham, 13th November 1903

And here’s an enlarged view of the message. That’s there for people who really want to crack the code.

Go on – have a go at code breaking!

And now for possible help – or maybe our ideas are totally wide of the mark. Two Hiscock sisters were born in Market Lavington in 1882 and 1884. They were Eleanor and Amelia. Eleanor was usually known as Nellie. Amelia was known as Milly. It could be that the card was sent to one or other of these two girls, who’d have been roughly 20 at the time the card was sent.

We know Amelia was in service in the Bath area in 1901 and she was still in the same place in 1911. But servants often went away with employers. We can’t trace Eleanor at all but both of the sisters remained spinsters and in later life (1939) they lived together on High Street in Market Lavington.

Please get in touch if you do manage to decode the message. We’ll let you know the outcome and show you the picture on the card as soon as possible.