Posts Tagged ‘receipt’

A receipt from Harry Hobbs

January 8, 2016

Time was when there were at least four grocers/general stores in Market Lavington. One of them belonged to Harry Hobbs. His shop was almost immediately opposite the Green Dragon.

Today we look at a receipted bill issued by Harry in 1939.

A 1939 bill issued by Harry Hobbs of The Stores, Market Lavington

A 1939 bill issued by Harry Hobbs of The Stores, Market Lavington

Perhaps Mrs Drury was getting in a little luxury to celebrate the New Year for she purchased a box of chocolates on December 30th 1939. The price was three shillings which is 15p in current money. But something that cost those three shillings then would now cost about £8.30 so this was no cheap box. It may, of course, have been the last luxury for some time since World War II had started. Rationing of many products began in January 1940.

The bill sheet is lovely. Retailers usually were supplied with their bill sheets cheaply because they carried advertising and this one is for a still popular brand of tea. An elegant young lady is seen stirring her tea in an equally elegant cup and saucer. Typhoo seemed able to tell Harry Hobbs’ customers that their tea was recommended by doctors

What a lovely reminder of times past in our community.


Duty paid

October 7, 2014

At our recent Museum Miscellany – which once again was a grand success with more than 100 people attending and enjoying the information, the photos not to mention our wonderful museum food – one section was based around our receipted bill heads. These bills were like this one.

Receipt for items received by Thomas Holloway from Lavington Supply Stores in 1913

Receipt for items received by Thomas Holloway from Lavington Supply Stores in 1913

This bill was paid by Thomas Holloway to a supplier – Mr Walton of the Lavington Supply Stores back in 1913. These days we forget that the horse was such an important beast. There are still plenty of horses about – for leisure purposes but we wouldn’t expect our grocer or supermarket to be supplying sacks full of horse food. But clearly Mr Walton did just that and as some of the food said it was ‘delivered to Broadway’ we can assume this was going to horses used at the brickworks.

Of course, the bill head is pretty with its ads for Colman’s products – notably mustard.

At the end of the Miscellany our curator was asked, ‘Why had the receiver of the money signed over a stamp?’ Now in all honesty he/we hadn’t ever thought about it. Those of us old enough just assumed it was the done thing, without much thought. So a little checking up was done and it seems it was a legal requirement in some circumstances and actually conveyed a small sum of money to the Inland Revenue or tax man.

The signature acknowledging receipt of money is made over a stamp

The signature acknowledging receipt of money is made over a stamp

It will be noted that then stamp actually says Postage on the left side and Revenue on the right. It was a one penny stamp and of course, in having to purchase that stamp Mr Walton had paid one penny into the Inland Revenue. We can, of course, be sure that Mr Walton had actually passed the cost on to his customer.

What we haven’t yet worked out is the precise circumstances that made the stamp a requirement. Once again we’ll appeal to somebody out there to let us know.

H J Merritt gets paid

October 5, 2014

This is another bill paid by Holloway of West Lavington. As is often the case, the bill provides an insight into life in times past – in this case almost 100 years ago.

1918 bill issued by H J Merritt of Market Lavington

1918 bill issued by H J Merritt of Market Lavington

H J (Henry) Merritt was very much the blacksmith and farrier. It was his brother who was more involved with the cycle business. This receipted bill was for horse shoes. In January and February, Mr Holloway had to pay extra for shoes with ‘frost studs’. We assume this was something to make sure horses did not slip on icy roads. By the end of March ordinary shoes were used.

But in this case what we really like about this bill is the sponsor with the advert at the top. Before electricity came to places then oil for lamps was a much wanted commodity and in the advert we see what appears to be a comfortable and reasonably well to do gentleman reading his paper under an oil lamp which is burning ‘Pure Oil’ – the ‘Finest American Lamp Oil’.

These days we just assume we flick a switch when we want light. There are still people alive locally who remember those pre-electricity days.


Merritt Brothers – Farriers

September 15, 2014

Today we show another of our receipts kept by Holloways of West Lavington and now findable at Market Lavington Museum. Today we look at a receipt issued by Merritt Brothers who were farriers and general smiths.

Merritt Brothers receipt from 1924

Merritt Brothers receipt from 1924

We can see that the Merritt brothers were J. H. and T Merritt and each had smithing or farriery qualifications. We can also see that they operated in Cheverell as well as in Market Lavington.

The year for this receipt was 1924 and the Merritts clearly relied on word of mouth for trade. No phone number is given, probably because the blacksmiths didn’t have one at that time.

The Merritts had premises alongside Broadwell which no doubt gave them a plentiful supply of water for quenching red hot iron.

It looks as though it was quite expensive for Mr Holloway to keep his horses shod. We don’t have any farriers at the museum but we think that most of the work done had been ‘removes’ and ‘shoes’. Removes have been charged at 1/1½ each and shoes at twice that – 2/3. In decimal money this equates to about 6p for removes and 12p for shoes. But of course this was in 1924 and the equivalent cost today would be about £9 for removes and double that for shoes.

Mr Holloway spent £6-15-0 (£6.75) in this quarter. That’s about £1000 at today’s rates.

We love these receipts at the museum. They provide a link to past times, to businesses long gone and to skills no longer practised in the village.

Paying James Neate

August 15, 2014

Today we look at another of the bills paid by Holloways of West Lavington. This time the recipient of money was James Neate.

Receipted bill paid to James Neate of Market Lavington by Holloways of West Lavington

Receipted bill paid to James Neate of Market Lavington by Holloways of West Lavington

We can see that James Neate established his business in Market Lavington in 1852. We understand he came to Market Lavington on the strength of a proposed railway line. The line never materialised, but James weathered some financial storms and became well established in Lavington as a brewer, wine and spirit merchant and Maltster.

We see he also traded in cigars and worked as an insurance agent.

It has to be said we do not fully understand this receipted invoice for the half share of a fence at the back of the stores in West Lavington.  This might suggest that James had business interests in our neighbouring village.

If we consider the address we note James was at ‘The Brewery’ in Market Lavington. James and family lived at The Red House on High Street. The brewery was behind that and the sales outlet from the brewery was at a little pub called The Brewery Tap which was on White Street (Market Lavington).

As ever it is interesting to note that traders like James had to cope with substantial time delays before bills were paid.  This one is dated 1906 and maybe the Ap.  Means April. James received his money on 2nd March 1907 so perhaps for almost a year he had to make do without his rightful £1-17-7½.

In present day terms it sounds a trifling amount but in terms of earnings, that 1906 amount of money equates to about £1000 today. It was a load of money!

By the way, several of our James Neate items can be seen at present in Salisbury Library as a part of the Dusty Feet exhibition.

Who was Miss Michell?

November 9, 2013

All we know of Miss Michell is that in 1875 she paid rent to Edward Pleydell Bouverie. He owned the manor and all of its then extensive estate. What we have, at Market Lavington Museum, is the receipt for payment of a year’s rent, paid on 12th October 1875.

Receipt for rent paid by Miss Michell to the Lavington Dauntsey estate in 1875

Receipt for rent paid by Miss Michell to the Lavington Dauntsey estate in 1875

The rental was £2-12-6 but sixpence appears to have been deducted. The agent, whose name we can’t quite make out has signed over a Queen Victoria, Inland Revenue, one penny stamp of the time. In 1881 a new act came into being and the postage and Inland Revenue stamps became one and the same thing.

Nobody called Michell lived in Market Lavington at the time of the 1871 or 1881 census. If the more common name, Mitchell is tried, we get a zero return again.

But of course, the Manor Estate included interests in other parishes so maybe Miss Michell rented property elsewhere. But even then we draw a blank although there was a Michell family living in Bishops Cannings in 1871 who had been in Poulshot in the 1860s. They had moved on to Swindon by 1881.

So we are left with that question – who was Miss Michell?

Mr Doubleday at the Forbes Fraser Hospital

July 15, 2012

Edward Doubleday was a Market Lavington butcher. In the 1920s and 30s it was his name above the door of the butchers shop which still runs in Market Lavington.

He was born in about 1873 in Rutland. It was after 1911 that he took over the butchery business in Market Lavington.

Unfortunately, Edward must have developed an illness for in 1935 he spent time in the Forbes Fraser Hospital in Bath. This hospital, more or less on the site of the present Royal United Hospital had opened in 1924 and was, at the time, deemed a very up-to-date place.

1935 was, of course, before the 1948 founding of the National Health Service. Edward had to pay for treatment which must have proved a major expense.

Here we see the receipt he received for payment for one week in the hospital. He actually stayed there for more like three weeks.

Receipt for treatment of Market Lavinhgton Butcher, Edward Doubleday, at the Forbes Fraser Hospital in Bath

We can see that the total bill for the week came to six pounds twelve shillings and nine pence. As a proportion of income, that’s equivalent to more than £1000 today. Yet, as we see, most of the cost is for board and lodging and care by nurses. Our Edward had just six and tuppence spent on him for medicines and he presumably fancied some soda water and spent seven pence on that.

It seems probable that Edward had an incurable condition for he died the following year, aged just 63. He is buried in St Mary’s Churchyard, Market Lavington.

A bill and receipt from Mr Milsom

May 19, 2010

Market Lavington Museum has recently been given a quantity of bills from various Market Lavington companies. The bills all date from the middle years of the twentieth century. Amongst them is this one, issued by R Milsom, Motor Engineers. Mr Reginald Milsom has already featured in these pages.

1950 bill from R. Milsom of Market Lavington

It sounds like a bargain, costing just 10/9 (about 54p) to remove a cylinder head fit various items and restore all to good order. It probably was a bargain too. At today’s level, that 54p has become just over £40 and I doubt you’d get that work done for anything like that price nowadays.

The car mentioned on this receipt was an Austin 7. It happens that one of these features in our 2010 display about Homestead Farm. This one was bought for £50 .by the branch of the Gye family who lived at Homestead Farm on Drove Lane.

Betty Gye’s first car – an Austin 7 from a photo at Market Lavington Museum

Now that was expensive for a car, already a dozen or more years old.