Posts Tagged ‘shooting’

The Hawk Kite revisited

March 15, 2015

We featured our hawk kite back in 2011. You can click here to read it.

Going back a few years, The Shooting Gazette featured the same kite back in 2008. Local resident (and museum volunteer) Pat Stacpoole wrote this article about it.

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This is ‘stoatally’ different

September 30, 2012

We do not keep stuffed animals at Market Lavington Museum. Many people would consider this a wrong thing to do in the 21st century but apart from that there are problems of storage space and deterioration.

However, we think it fully right to record what happened in the past and there was a time when a stuffed animal was considered just the thing to have as a piece of sitting room décor. And so much the better if the animal had been acquired by the head of the house. It would prove how manly he was. So we do have a photo of one such animal – a very beautiful looking white stoat.

Photograph of a stoat, shot locally by Market Lavington man, Bill Perry.

This stoat was a local animal. It was shot on Salisbury Plain by a Lavington man, Bill Perry. Bill, a shepherd, was almost always known as Shep. He lived with his wife Edith at The Hollow on White Street. No doubt the beast had an honoured place in the couple’s home.

If you decide you want to preserve an animal you have shot, where do you go for a taxidermist?  It seems that in Market Lavington you could turn to Mr Hussey. This could have been Walter Hussey who also lived on White Street.

Bill Perry died in 1958. He had been born in around 1876 so this stoat may have met his end 100 or more years ago.

As you might tell, we are a bit short on information here. If anyone can tell us more then do get in touch.

The beaters at the Manor Shoot

July 1, 2012

The year is 1908. A shoot was held at The Manor. These were important social occasions. No doubt the gentry from near and far came to enjoy a day’s shooting, hoping to bag something for the table.

To make sure the guns had a good day, the workers were employed as beaters. The beater’s job was to make sure birds – probably partridge or pheasant, kept appearing in front of the guns and in the air. The etiquette of the business means you don’t shoot a sitting target.

Of course, there’d have been employed gamekeepers – manor staff who had the job of rearing the birds until the time came to shoot them. But for big shoots, many more were employed for the day. Often these were just the village lads who probably skipped off school for the day quite happily.

On this occasion, Mr Burgess got the beaters lined up for a photograph.

Beaters at a 1908 Manor shoot in Market Lavington

We don’t have any names but maybe somebody out in blog land will recognise their relatives or even ancestors here.

Some of the younger beaters in close up

It is interesting to see that the older chaps really are wearing gaiters.

Gaiters being worn in Market Lavington

We have a couple of pairs of gaiters like these in the museum.

The Shooting Party

October 19, 2010

Like it or loathe it, shooting is a part of country life. In past times, it was very much seen as a way of providing food for the table as well as ridding the countryside of animals that fancied the crops that people grew.

A shooting party at Knapp Farm - a photo at Market Lavington Museum

This group of locals were photographed at the end of a days shooting. They are at Knapp Farm.

This photo dates from the 1920s and whilst we can only name one man it’s a fair bet that a number of the local farmers and businessmen are there.

Mr Seymour, a member of the shooting party and a Market Lavington cheese maker

The man who can be named is the fourth standing man from the left. He is Mr Seymour whose cheese making equipment featured in these pages a few days ago.

There seems to be a fine haul of both fur and feather to share out amongst the shooters.

Can anybody tell us who the other guns were?