Posts Tagged ‘romance’

A card from Jack to Floss

May 8, 2016

We have seen the picture on the front of this card before. It shows a scene on the ‘lane’ leading to Littleton Mill with a delightful rustic bridge crossing it.

Wick Lane, Market Lavington in 1914

Wick Lane, Market Lavington in 1914

We now have the original card at the museum and can concentrate on the message rather than the delightful view.

Card message side

Card message side

The card was sent to Miss Page of 70 Rugby Road in Brighton in Sussex.

The post mark

The post mark

It was posted at Littleton Panell and from other knowledge we know this was May in 1914.

Miss Page was Floss Page. She and the card sender had become ‘an item’ in August 1910. After a courtship disrupted by WW1 the couple finally married in 1920. So the year on the postmark, ending with a 4 must be 1914.

Let’s read the message.

The message

The message

The message is simple and much like modern electronic communication to start with – short and to the point. Basically write on Sunday addressed to me in Weymouth and I’ll get it. Also have a good day on Monday.

But then it refers to the picture and what sounds as though it might have been a romantic stroll.

‘Do you remember this place (where you kept getting caught in the briars)? Love from Jack.

Jack is Jack Welch – and do we sense he enjoyed his lady friend getting caught in the briars and, no doubt, needing some help getting free. Soon he’d be off to India, for some years before a serious injury threatened his life so even when he did return it was a couple of years before the wedding took place. Perhaps we gather a bit of the poignancy of the summer before the war in this card.

The marriage, sadly, was far too short for Floss died in 1933 aged 40. However she had produced Peggy and Tony by then and Peggy, of course, was our museum founder. Perhaps we should be very thankful for those troublesome briars.

A First World War romance

January 5, 2016

At the end of 1914 and into 1915 Canadian soldiers were training on Salisbury Plain. It was to be expected that romances would spring up between the Canadian men and local girls. One local girl who fell for a Canadian was Dorothy Merritt of Church Street in Market Lavington. Dorothy was born in 1896 and was the daughter of John who led the Market Lavington band for 60 years. Dorothy would have been 18 in 1914, no doubt just the age to fall for the charms of a young Canadian soldier.

We have a copy of this card sent to Dorothy.

Card sent to Dorothy Merritt of Market Lavington by a Canadian soldier

Card sent to Dorothy Merritt of Market Lavington by a Canadian soldier

Clearly this was posted in the UK for it has a British stamp but the postmark is partly unreadable. Interesting that the address is just name, village, county.

"I can't get away this week'

“I can’t get away this week’

It sounds as though romance will need to be deferred for a while. Actually, the tone is hardly romantic and nor was the card which showed a personage at the embarkation camp of Valcartier in Canada.

The card front

The card front

We think this romance was to end very sadly. The same collection of Merritt memorabilia had this photo.


The back has a caption on it.


Tim my Canadian
Died of wounds Netley Hospital

It is all so poignant.

What happened to Dorothy? We’d love to know.

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.