Posts Tagged ‘sign’

Memorabilia from Ken Mundy’s shop

November 10, 2015

Whenever our curator gives a talk to a group, particularly within Market Lavington, he always likes to include a photo of Ken Mundy. Ken was a village character – the local cobbler and shoe shop keeper with all sorts of claims to ‘fame’. Amongst these were his refusal to have mains water laid on which meant that well into living memory he could be seen walking down to Broadwell and collecting two buckets full of water which he carried home using his yoke.

Older lads used to congregate at Ken’s of an evening. No doubt he gave them the benefit of his wisdom.

Ken remained a bachelor boy and so had nobody to pass his things on to. Some, by various routes, have found their way to our museum in Market Lavington. Amongst them is this little advert board.

Sign from Ken Mundy's shoe shop on High Street, market Lavington

Sign from Ken Mundy’s shoe shop on High Street, Market Lavington

This is just a cardboard item and has a good clear message about the work of the cobbler. If you are baffled because this is described as a St Crispin’s Slogan then you may not be aware that the saints Crispin and Crispinian are the patron saints of cobblers and other leather workers. These two, who may have been twins, were martyred for their faith in 285 or 286 AD. They had worked as shoe makers although the truth is that there are very varied versions of their life so most of it is just speculation.

We have seen this sign before on this blog but it seemed like time to remind our readers of Ken Mundy. We’d love to hear any memories you might have of Ken.

Alex J Martin

March 4, 2015

We know very little about Alex Martin except that he was a landlord at The Green Dragon and we have a little sign which was, presumably, above the entrance door to this fine old inn at one time.

Wooden sign to tell us that Alex J Martin was a licensed victualler

Wooden sign to tell us that Alex J Martin was a licensed victualler

The style of writing – essentially a plain and simple sans serif font, does suggest second half of the twentieth century and we can, indeed, find A J Martin listed in our 1966 directory.

Highlighted entry in the 1966 local directory

Highlighted entry in the 1966 local directory

There was a different landlord on the 1964 electoral roll so we have a pretty good idea of when Alex arrived but that really sums up our knowledge. There will surely be regulars at ‘The Dragon’ who can tell us more about Alex J Martin

Easterton Village Sign

March 7, 2010

Back in 1974 local government was reorganised and after 80 years of existence the old Devizes Rural District became a thing of the past. It joined forces with quite a wide swathe of Wiltshire to become Kennet.

People must have thought the end of the old council – D.R.D.C – was worth recording for this sign was clearly made for Easterton. Thirty-six years after the event it has come to light in the old cemetery chapel, on Drove Lane and it has been given to the museum.

Easterton sign to mark the end of Devizes Rural District Council in 1974

Can anyone tell the museum, where it was located when on display in Easterton? If so, do contact the curator.

Stories have a habit of repeating themselves. Back in 1974, Devizes Rural District council was deemed to be too small and was replaced by Kennet Council. Kennet has now been swept aside in favour of a unitary Wiltshire Council. Perhaps, soon, we’ll be able to preserve a piece of local ‘Kennet’ memorabilia.