Posts Tagged ‘register’

Latimer Road School – 1942/43

November 7, 2014

It may seem odd that we, at Market Lavington Museum have a register for the London County Council School on Latimer Road.

Latimer Road School register at Market Lavington Museum

Latimer Road School register at Market Lavington Museum

But there it is clearly labelled. This register lists evacuees who came to Market Lavington – now slightly more than 70 years ago. It gives temporary addresses in Market Lavington.

The girls on the register

The girls on the register

Here we see the girls and for many we see the address was c/o or care of a Market Lavington resident. Others, we know, managed to find or were allocated a home for a family. Some of these stayed on and family members still live in the area. The Preedy family is certainly one such.

Edna Sellars, we can see, was care of Mrs Gye of The Sands. Mrs Gye did her utmost to make evacuees one of the family and they appear on family portraits. Here is one of Edna with Mr and Mrs Gye’s daughter Betty.

Betty Gye and Edna Sellars in about 1942

Betty Gye and Edna Sellars in about 1942

Betty has just written some memories and given a copy to the museum. You can read more about her childhood and the evacuees at the museum.

Calling the Register

November 12, 2013

At the start of every session in schools, the register is called. These days, in many schools, the teachers sit at computers to do the register and then the figure reckoning can all be done automatically. This was not so in the old days when teachers had to make neat marks in the attendance grid and then add up attendances and absences for all pupils and overall totals for the class.

We have a number of registers at Market Lavington Museum. This one dates from 1936/37.

Register for Market Lavington School - 1936/37

Register for Market Lavington School – 1936/37

The name of the correspondent was J A Sturton who was the vicar at the time.

The list of names

The list of names

We have a register here for girls who were aged between 6 and 10 at the time. I wonder if any of these ladies, who will now be in their 80s, can recall the teacher calling the register

  • Margaret Pike
  • Dorothy Parfitt
  • Kathleen Smyth
  • Pamela Wells
  • Roma Baker
  • Joyce Reid
  • Betty Huxtable
  • Edna Love
  • Gwendoline Maynard
  • Vera Baker
  • Grace Oram
  • Daphne Cooper
  • Doreen Case
  • Pauline Doel
  • Peggy Oram
  • Eileen Perrett
  • Beryl Baker
  • Lilian Chapman
  • Hazel Wells
  • Margaret Love
  • Doris Jenks
  • Doris Nash

Of course, the register shows full dates of birth – but we have curtailed that here. And it does stand as an attendance record too.

For us, that’s a great collection of local names.



A 1937 register

January 5, 2013

We have a number of school registers at Market Lavington Museum. Let’s take a look at one of them here. It dates from 1937 to 38 and is for the infant class.

Market Lavington School register - the infants of 1937 - 1938

Market Lavington School register – the infants of 1937 – 1938

Inside we have a list of names.

The names in the register

The names in the register

Some registers have addresses. All have dates of birth but we have missed that information for these people are now aged about 80 and many are still alive. You can, of course, look at the full register at the museum.

The names on this list are – boys:

John Gingell, George Perry, Douglass Wills, Frederick Reid, Gilbert Jenks, Edward King, Albert Lord(?), Anthony Sainsbury, John Chapman, Ronald Maynard, William Davis, Geoffrey Alexander, Terence Boulton, Eric Baker, Maurice Thompson, Robert Reid, Wilfrid Jenks, Donald Sainsbury, Leonard Cartwright, Thomas Roberts and George Love.

The girls are:

Brenda Holmes, Beryl Holmes, Ada Hopkins, June Baker, Honor Cooper, Valerie Cooper, Margery Burt, Joan Ellis, Mary Sargant, Joan Baker, Betty Maynard and Gladys Owen.

These are the top twenty UK baby names in 2012. Ethan, Eva, Leo, Dylan, Jacob, Oliver, Noah, Ella, Alfie, Amelia, Mia, Isla, Max, Charlie, Alice, Joshua, Jack, Oscar, Isabella, Imogen.

It looks like none of them were in use 80 years ago in Market Lavington.

A School Register

January 6, 2011

There’s no doubt about it, lists of names are popular. At Market Lavington Museum we have many lists, amongst them several school registers. The one shown here is rather odd for it has been cut in half and we have just the girls’ part of the list. The register dates from 1937 and features girls aged between about 7 and 10 at the time.

Part of a 1937 school register at Market Lavington Museum

We can see that this particular register was starting just after the Easter Holidays and it features many local names, amongst them are Baker, Chapman, Huxtable, Jenks, Oram and Pike.

These girls will now be about 80. We’d be delighted to hear school memories from them, or indeed from other past students of market Lavington or Easterton School.

Do contact the curator at with your memories.

The 1939 Electoral Register

December 28, 2010

This electoral roll was another gift to the museum during the Christmas period. It helps fill a gap in our lists of village names. Following on from the  1911 census, we have a 1926 electoral roll for Market Lavington and also a 1964 roll for the same parish. The new addition, for 1939, covers Market Lavington and Easterton, and also all of the other parishes which formed a part of the old Devizes Rural District Council, an organisation that was replaced by other local authorities back in 1973.

The registers list all of the adults – aged over 21 – in each parish who were eligible to vote. It was the register in force from 15th October 1939 until 14th October 1940.

Each of the parish sections begins with general information.

Part of the information about the content of the registers.

After this comes the list of voters in alphabetical order. This looks like this (a small part of the Easterton parish is shown).

Small section of Easterton residents taken from the 1939 electoral register now at Market Lavington Museum

A section for Market Lavington looks just the same – except for the names and addresses.

Some Market Lavington residents on the 1939 electoral register

The first names on this Market lavington group – Alfred and Louisa Burbidge  – were living at School House, which is the building now occupied by Market Lavington Museum.

Lists of names may seem a bit dull, but they are a fantastic resource for genealogists who can learn just where their relatives lived. We are delighted to have these electoral registers at Market Lavington Museum and we think this was a grand Christmas present to the museum.