Posts Tagged ‘pottery’

A lily pot

October 30, 2014

We think of Edward Box as being the man who had the brick works in Market Lavington for most of the second half of the 19th century. And that is true, but of course, it was actually the brick, tile and pottery works and it is a pot that we’ll look at today – a pot designed for growing a lily.

Lily pot made by Edward Box of Market Lavington in about 1880

Lily pot made by Edward Box of Market Lavington in about 1880

Here is the pot and we can see straight away it does have a broken rim and that broken off part is missing and may well have been lost 100 or more years ago.

Anything made by Box of Market Lavington must date from that second half of the nineteenth century and we estimate this one as from around 1880.

The image above shows it has been decorated by two horizontal lines around the pot but it also has a vertical line motif running right round the shoulder of it.

Lily pot decoration

Lily pot decoration

Not surprisingly, we can see this pot has suffered other weather related flaking in the past – but how good to have something from our brickworks that is definitely not a brick or tile.




A Grave Find

December 9, 2011

Piece of pottery found whilst grave digging at the cemetery in Market Lavington in 2002

This rather jagged fragment of pottery was found by James Winchcombe from the well known funeral directors in Devizes. He was digging a grave at the cemetery in 2002 when he came up with this and, thinking it was old, it came to the museum.

It is a small part of a bowl

We can see from this view that this is a pot shard – a part of a bowl.

Back in 2002 Paul Robinson curated the museum in Devizes and he identified and dated this piece. It is a part of a red earthenware pot and dates from the 11th or 12th century.

As such, it forms part of the evidence for continuous or near continuous habitation in the Market Lavington area for the last 2000 years.

Possible Saxon pot shards.

July 2, 2010

The garden of number 13 High Street in Market Lavington has proved a rich source of pot shards for the owner. It seems that in the past the back garden contained other dwellings, which have been demolished. Of course, we have no knowledge of what was actually there before written records were made, and little writing was done before the nineteenth century or even the 17th century when the existing buildings were new.. The evidence from the pot finds could suggest dwellings were there much earlier. The earliest finds so far have been these pieces which have been dated as late Saxon or early Norman – 10th to 12th century.

10th to 12th century pottery shards found in Market Lavington and now at Market Lavington Museum

Could these finds suggest that the Saxon area of Market Lavington extended off the known, Grove Farm area and that 1000 years ago our forebears lived in parts of the present village.

Market Lavington Museum is delighted to have these indications of long ago life amongst its collection of artefacts.