Posts Tagged ‘pump’

1923 Hospital Week

April 29, 2016

Back in the 20s and 30s the Hospital Week was carnival time in Market Lavington and Easterton. It was the time for dressing up and having fun and generally enjoying life. And at the same time money was raised to assist those in need with the cost of health care in those bleak days before there was a National Health Service.

Hospital Week in 1923. Fancy dress at Easterton pump

Hospital Week in 1923. Fancy dress at Easterton pump

This little group are clearly entering into the spirit of things and have themselves suitably attired for all the fun on offer – and to entertain those less able to take an active part.

For once, perhaps, it is the man who takes the eye.

 image003 This chap is dressed as a shell petrol man complete with a magnificent head dress and a suitable can as well as various Shell logos. Sad to say we don’t know who he is and neither do we know the ladies.


Any help identifying these people would be gratefully received.

The third lady appears to have done something seen as ‘non PC’ these days. It looks as though she has blacked up or at least darkened her facial skin.


The location is interesting for these people are by the Easterton pump which still stands on Kings Road, close by the bridge.

This clearly shows the chute for delivering water into a bowser. Farmers brought mobile water carriers or bowsers to the pump for filling. This helps to explain why the pump was built on quite a high stand.


Pumping out a cellar

August 1, 2014

In 1961 the cellar at 9 High Street became flooded. We do not know the reason but doubt it had anything to do with bad weather, but was, rather more, to do  with an internal plumbing problem.

There was no longer a local fire brigade so an appliance was got out from Devizes and a portable pump was used to pump the water away.

The fire brigade pump out a flooded cellar on High Street, Market Lavington in 1961

The fire brigade pump out a flooded cellar on High Street, Market Lavington in 1961

The local lads and a lass or two are out in force to watch this event. They have lined up outside what was then Lloyds Bank.  Maybe there are people reading this who might recognise the lads.


Thanks to Chris who gives us (from right to left.

(Girl) Christine Anderson
(Lad Holding arm up) Richard Baker
David Anderson
John Ingram
John Buckland?


And from Chris again, from right to left we have

Maurice Little
Graham Sheppard
Jonathon Coppock


Broadwell 1929

May 19, 2014

We are looking, today, at another photo from that rather interesting little photo album we recently acquired. Once again, the year 1929 is assumed from the date given on other pictures.


Broadwell, Market Lavington in 1929


We think this is another glorious picture and it shows Broadwell before mains water was piped to the village. This was the main water supply – in fact without the water at Broadwell, there would be no Market Lavington.

Let’s look at some details.

Waterfowl make use of the facilities

Waterfowl make use of the facilities

Here we see the bird life on the water. Above them a fence made sure cows, coming to be milked in a building just off to the right, couldn’t muddy up the water.


The pump was clearly in working order


A family group (people unknown by us) are by the pump which appears to have some water flowing from it. Many locals believed that pumped water was inferior to water dipped from the same source, alongside. Hanging from the pump is what looks like a gutter. This allowed the flow of water to be directed to a water cart or bowser. The hill farmers often needed to haul water from here to their livestock.

This evil fence surrounded the little wooded area

This evil fence surrounded the little wooded area

Here we are concentrating on the awful fence that surrounded the little wooded area (where the children’s play area is now). It was supposed to keep people out – but youngsters, of course, got in. Those spikes rotated and Peggy Gye recalled how hazardous they were and how girls got their knickers caught on the spikes – but she added that nobody ever came to any harm.

And now to the dwellings beyond.

Broadwell Cottage and Broadwell Leigh

Broadwell Cottage and Broadwell Leigh

The houses still exist and the projecting part, on the right, is still thatched. The main bulk of the building was considerably rebuilt in about 1960 and the thatch was replaced then.

As ever, do get in touch if you can tell us any more about the scene or the people.

The Easterton Pump

September 17, 2012

Back in May we looked at the Easterton pump in a series of photos taken  between the 1900s and 2012. (click here). This time we are filling in a gap with a couple of photos in the 1980s. In fact our photos are taken in 1984 and 1985.

Easterton pump and stream in 1984

Here, in 1984, we see the pump in an area that looks a bit uncared for. Behind it, we can just see the jam factory on top of the high retaining wall that lines Kings Road as it starts its narrow journey up onto the sands. The edge of the stream looks to be a muddy mess. No doubt children loved the bit of water to play in. Children always have.

Step in the LACES team. Back in the mid 1980s, employment was a problem, particularly for school leavers. Now that sounds familiar, doesn’t it? Back then it was possible to get funding for schemes to improve the community, to pay unemployed youngsters and give them training. Now that was a win/win situation. Our youngsters felt wanted and needed and gained respect and the environment was tidied. We have met this team before – on Ladywood Lane. But here they are at Easterton pump.

Lads working to improve the environment , edging the stream by Easterton pump in 1985

Here, in 1985, we see that the stream has been edged with concrete and is being finished off with bricks. What a good job the lads have made of the area.

Easterton Dipping Well – Then and Now

May 17, 2012

A recent correspondent loved the photo we showed of the Easterton dipping well in about 1900 and asked if it was possible to see what the scene looked like now.

We’ll do a bit better than that. We can thank Jim for taking a ‘now’ picture and also for finding a couple of others showing much the same scene,

So let’s work forward. Here’s the original, 1900, photo that was our starting point.

A charming scene in Easterton, Wiltshire in about 1900. The photo is at Market Lavington Museum.

A pump was added above the dipping well and we can see that in use, probably in the 1940s or early 1950s.

Easterton – the pump in use

We can see the dipping well, down near stream level. It looks much as it did in the old photo but the brick plinth has been added on top to support a pump. The pump allowed larger containers to be filled.

We believe the man operating the pump is the appropriately named Charlie Wells.

We can now move forward to 1973.

By 1973 Easterton’s water pump was out of use

The caption tells us this was no longer in working order, but we can still see the old fire engine door behind.

And so to 2012.

The pump and scene at Easterton on 16th May 2012

This view is dated 16th May 2012. The pump and dipping well are still in place, albeit looking entirely devoid of water. The edge of the stream can be seen just a little lower down.

The fire engine door is lost behind brambles and has, in fact been bricked up. The space behind the door also housed a pump for the jam factory (now closed) some of which can be seen at the top of the photo. The outline of the door can still be seen by those willing to brave the brambles.

So there we have the scene, brought completely up to date.