Posts Tagged ‘street scene’

The Easterton Beast

July 4, 2014

Don’t worry. There is no such thing as ‘The Easterton Beast’ and as far as we know there never has been. This one has been created by some photographic fluke. This is really a photo of Easterton Street.

Easterton Street in the 1950s

Easterton Street in the 1950s

As we often do with street scenes, we find it looks very, very peaceful. Seemingly there’s not a car nor even a person in sight. But way down in the distance there is ‘the beast’. It looks like some kind of black animal.

Is that the Easterton beast?

Is that the Easterton beast?

Hmm! There’s one of life’s unexplained mysteries.. Let’s return to reality.

The large house on the left is The Grange. And beyond that we see Jubilee Cottages where we know James Sheppard lived, running his Tip-Top Bakery.

We believe this photo dates from the 1950s.


The Corner of White Street

June 27, 2014

Recently, visitors to museum, and indeed fetes and elsewhere, have been surprised that Market Lavington had a department store.

‘Where was it?’ they ask and presumably they expect one large building. But rather, the establishment owned by Arthur Walton was in several buildings. All were roughly on the corner of White Street with High Street and Church Street. Maybe this photo will help.

White Street in Edwardian times

White Street in Edwardian times

This is an Edwardian view along White Street from the crossroads. We can see the name board Walton on the left and a high level painted sign saying Cash Supply Stores. This is where the hairdresser, Gemini, is as of 2014. This was the Gents’ outfitter department. The next building down, under a top level painted name of Lavington House, was the drapery department. Mr Walton had the Post Office at one time and this was just round the corner on High Street. Across White Street, and not visible in this shot was his bakery  and going round the corner where St Arbucks now is we had his ironmonger and household goods departments.

Outside the Gents' outfitters

Outside the Gents’ outfitters

We wonder if the very smartly dressed man just outside the shop door could be one of the Gents’ outfitters. The lad on one side of him and the young girl on the other both carry baskets. Perhaps they were made by Alf Mullings on The Clays.


In the street

In the street

Alf Burgess, the photographer, has managed to include a bicycle. One lad is clearly in the saddle, but two others view for a position with this item which might still have been regarded as a bit of a wonder.

Behind we can see the entrance to Gye’s Yard and there is a man in a white apron on some kind of a cart there.

Then there is the lad in the middle with a bucket. Perhaps he has been down to Broadwell for water.

Easterton Street in Edwardian times

February 23, 2014

This image was recently sent to us. We’d like to thank Judy for her kindness. In fact those of us most closely associated with the museum remain utterly delighted with the support and enthusiasm so many people show with regard to the museum.

Here is the photo.


Easterton Street in Edwardian times

Easterton has changed in the last 100 years or so. The thatched cottages on the left have gone and have been replaced with more modern dwellings. However, the long pale coloured terrace still remains although the lean-to on this end has gone. The houses further down look much the same as well although once upon a time there was a smithy down towards that end of the street.

Back in Edwardian days there was hardly any need to separate pedestrians from other road traffic. There are no pavements. But this doesn’t stop the people from coming out to get in the photo. There’s a fine crop of Easterton folk on the left.


Sadly, but not unexpectedly, we can’t name these people, nor those across the street standing on the edge of the stream.


Despite dredging and other improvements the stream still floods from time to time. It has this winter. The front of January’s Easterton Echoes is about flooding.


Easterton Echoes – January 2014

The photo was taken on 4th January 2014.

Another photo of floods was taken back in the year 2000. This shows a similar, albeit broader view to the old Edwardian photo.


Easterton in the year 2000

We can see that the terrace has gained a hip end to the roof and then we can see the red brick gable end of a building which replaced a thatched cottage.

White Street, Market Lavington

January 13, 2014

Let’s take an opportunity to remind people that the road name ‘White Street’ causes much confusion in the area. Before the days of surfaced roads, any road running up onto the chalk downs would have been white in colour. As each village had such a road, they all got called White Street. Easterton has its White Street. So, too, does West Lavington but this one is in Market Lavington.

White Street, Market Lavington in about 1960

White Street, Market Lavington in about 1960

The year is about 1960. We know it is no later than that because the owner of one house replaced the thatch with tiles in the very early 1960s.

The house by Broadwell was still thatched when this photo was taken

The house by Broadwell was still thatched when this photo was taken

We can see the thatch was still in place when this photo was taken. This thatched cottage is more or less opposite Broadwell. At that time the small area of woodland still stood between the water and the road. That’s where the young children’s play area is now.

The view is looking down from the start of Lavington Hill. We are looking straight at one of a pair of dwellings which were known as Knapp Farm Cottages.

The recorded information tells us that the photographer was standing at the junctions of White Street and New Street. These days we’d be inclined to say that New Street (AKA The Muddle) gets nowhere near here. This little street starts opposite The Rectory on Church Street and turns into a footpath alongside the stream that flows out of Broadwell before becoming more like a road again across the little footbridge by Broadwell.

This is quite a charming picture, albeit devoid of any people to add interest to the scene.

The top end of High Street

December 21, 2013

This postcard dates from the early days of such cards, when only the address appeared on the back. A small space has been left underneath the image for a message to be written.

Market Lavington High Street in an Edwardian postcard

Market Lavington High Street in an Edwardian postcard

On the left we have the Police House – still there although no longer used by the local constabulary. We look up Market Lavington’s High Street in the direction of Easterton. The Congregational Chapel is more or less central.


Vehicles are horse drawn

The vehicles are, of course, horse drawn.

Over on the right hand side of the road some of the properties retained thatched roofs.


There is thatch on some of the roofs.

There is thatch on some of the roofs.

This, as we can see, is not the most sharply printed card but the view is not the most usual and it reminds us of the early days of postcards.

Edwardian Church Street in Colour

June 12, 2013

Postcard collectors seem to prefer ‘real photographic’ images and can fight just a bit shy of those photos rendered into colour by an artist. Certainly the true photograph gives a crisper rendition of the scene, but black and white photos paint a picture of a monochrome world – which it certainly wasn’t. So until the coming of satisfactory colour film, we are reliant on the artist to give an indication of what places and even people looked like – in colour.

If a tinted image was going to be made, the photographer would have jotted down a description of the colours. The artist – who may well have been the photographer could make use of the notes, The coloured image does bear some resemblance to the truth.

At Market Lavington Museum we have recently been given a colour tinted postcard of Church Street.

Church Street, Market Lavingtonj in colour - an Edwardian image.

Church Street, Market Lavington in colour – an Edwardian image.

We think this image is Edwardian and guess that the original photo may have been taken by Alfred Burgess, our resident photographer in Market Lavington. He could have sold the rights to the picture to Woodward’s in Devizes.

It’s good to see that the ladies at left and right, out working at the fronts of their houses, are wearing bright blouses. The more distant man in the middle of the road does look rather more black and white.

The scene is similar today. The pollarded trees have gone and the gap on the right just beyond the woman with the yellow blouse is now occupied by Milsom Court. Many of the other buildings have changed from being commercial to being residential, but most still look much the same.

The far end of High Street

April 25, 2013

Some areas of the village don’t change all that much. The High Street is still very much the same as it was in this picture from roughly 100 years ago.

At the far end of Market Lavington High Street

At the far end of Market Lavington High Street

Well, perhaps we should say the buildings haven’t changed much, externally. A similar scene today would have a lot of cars in it and we know many of the buildings have had extensive internal alterations.

The building at the extreme right had been built as a Quaker meeting house in the 18th century but it was taken over by the Independent Church in the early 19th century and remained as the Congregational Church until the new, bigger premises were built in 1892. They’d have been just behind the photographer. From 1892 the old chapel became the Sunday School for the Congregational Church until the 1960s, when the Powner Hall was built alongside the 1892 chapel. The old building was sold and was, for many years, an artist’s studio, retaining, still, many of the church features.

Further down on the right hand side there is The Police House. This photo could date from about the time that Sergeant Hillier had his sadly brief sojourn here.

The left hand side has a mix of residential and commercial premises – it is often hard to spot the difference but there were a surprising number of shops at this end of the village. The pavement in front of the houses on the left is now wider, in places much wider, than it was then.

Some of the houses still had their thatched roof back then.

At the far end of the photo we can make out the ‘bell tower’ on the Workmans’ Hall

Amongst new items on display in the museum this year is the clock which once served the village on that building. We look forward to seeing as many of you as possible at your museum in 2013.