Posts Tagged ‘shoe’

A boot brush

March 24, 2016

Boot and shoe brushes have been very commonplace objects for aeons. Every household had them and most still do. At Market Lavington Museum we have one we class as special for it names the shop that sold it on the back.

A M Walton boot brush at Market Lavington Museum

A M Walton boot brush at Market Lavington Museum

It is clearly marked:

The Supply Stores.
Market Lavington.
M. Walton, Proprietor

With coloured items they can often be easier to read in monochrome


For all locals this lifts this brush right out of the ordinary and into the very special category. All of our museum volunteers are delighted to have this lovely survivor.

We have met Arthur Walton before and know he came to Market Lavington towards the end of the 19th century and ran the department store which occupied the corner of High Street and White Street. Part of this is now the hairdresser’s shop. Mr Walton also had the corner of White Street and Church Street part of which is where St. Arbucks, the coffee shop is now.

Mr Walton stayed with this business until the 1930s. We believe it ran into financial difficulties and closed down. Mr and Mrs Walton moved away.

The brush dates from the 1920s so is now getting into its 90s. You can see it with our display of shoe goods in the trades room at the museum.

Ken Mundy’s Shop

September 22, 2014
Ken Mundy's shoe shop in about 1977

Ken Mundy’s shoe shop in about 1977

This isn’t the best photo you ever saw, but sometimes, we feel, a poor photo has a story to tell and is worth sharing. That’s so with this one.

The rather drab looking shop was Ken Mundy’s shoe shop and this picture dates from around 1977. But let’s just look at the left and remind ourselves that the ED visible was at the end of Lloyds Bank Limited – a reminder that not only did we have a shoe shop in Market Lavington, we had banks as well.

Let’s start at the bottom of Ken’s shop with the enamel advert for Craven A. Craven A was a tobacco product and we think it must have been on the shop in much earlier times. Ken never sold tobacco products. That particular enamel sign was quite common and carried the tag line (or should that be tag lie?) ‘will not affect your throat’.

Above that is the shop window. Ken sold shoes but he also soled shoes. Yes, he did shoe repairs. He even made shoes. Ted Maslen told us his wedding shoes were made by Ken. The window was a bit of a jumble, but the shop inside was absolute chaos. Ken was never very tidy or orderly and it was not unknown for people to arrive to collect a pair of shoes after some repairs and Ken could only find one. If you came back a couple of days later, he’d find the other as well. Nothing was ever permanently lost.

New shoes could be a problem as well. They could have been in the shop for a long time with one in the window and another in a shoe box. The one that had been in the light may well have faded and could be significantly different in colour from its partner.

But despite these little quirks, Ken was liked by villagers, and the young lads often gathered at his shop to learn something of his wit and wisdom.

We have a moderate amount of Mundy memorabilia in the museum and it really does remind us of a past time.

But one more thing on that photo. There’s clearly a noticeboard next to the shop window. We can’t remember what it was for, but it could be a proper bus timetable – so much better than the scrappy information you get these days, which tells you almost nothing. But there was a time when many shops had an information board for one organisation or another.

So, some good memories from that rather poor photo.


January 2, 2014

Yes, the physical museum, situated off the churchyard in Market Lavington is closed at the moment. We can take this opportunity to remind our readers that we open the museum on Saturday, Sunday, Wednesday and Bank Holiday afternoons between May 1st and October 31st between the hours of 2,30 to 4.30 pm. If you would like to visit at another time then get in touch and we’ll see what can be arranged. We exist to share our knowledge, not to keep it bottled up so we do our best to help people who can’t visit during normal opening hours.

But the title for this blog actually refers to the former shoe business in Market Lavington which was run by Ken Mundy, and before that by previous members of his family. Today we are looking at the Open or Closed sign which Ken had on his High Street shop.

Closed sign from ken Mundy's shoe shop on High Street, Market Lavington

Closed sign from ken Mundy’s shoe shop on High Street, Market Lavington

It may come as no surprise that this carried an advert for Phillips ‘Stick-a-soles’ and heels. We know Ken had the little advert in the form of a cobbler working with ‘stick-a-soles’. You can see the blog post about that item by clicking here.

The hanging notice is clear in its message but the hand written early closing day has faded away. The other side said the shop was open but is quite badly worn away.

Ken was a village character and is remembered with much affection for his ability to make (yes make) a really classy pair of wedding shoes and his untidy shop premises. He is also remembered for his reluctance to have mains water laid on, preferring to walk down to Broadwell with two buckets on a yoke. He is also remembered for the way he became a handsome dasher on the dance floor.

Sadly, when Ken was no longer able to cope, his shop closed permanently.

It is closed, but not forgotten.