Posts Tagged ‘timber’

Timber for Market Lavington

April 3, 2016

We think of villages being very self-reliant in times past but of course, as the 20th century started, they did not live in total isolation and some goods needed to be brought in from elsewhere. Timber would have been available, grown, seasoned and readied for use in Market Lavington but we had no specialist saw mill so timber needed buying in. And here we see a bill for timber purchased from the saw mill at Honeystreet.

Bill to Gyes from the Honeystreet sawmill in 1902

Bill to Gyes from the Honeystreet sawmill in 1902


The bill was issued to the Gye company who were carpenters, undertakers and more general builders later. It was issued by the firm of Robbins, Lane and Pinniger, timber merchants of Honeystreet just a few miles along the Vale of Pewsey and conveniently placed alongside the canal for transport. It is interesting to see that the firm also made chemical fertilisers, were coal merchants and barge builders. Sawmills still operate at Honeystreet more than 200 years after they started in 1811.


The items bought appear to have measurements and limited descriptions. We assume the dimensions are in feet and/or inches.

image004To be honest, the items are hard to comprehend but we are sure they made sense to the Gyes. The price seems high at a time when the average wage of a labourer was around 17 shillings per week (85p in decimal money).

We love this bill which really does seem to come from a past age.



Mr Crassweller

November 6, 2012

George Edward Crassweller was not a Wiltshire man by birth. He hailed from the Hayling Island area of Hampshire where he was born in about 1856. His father, John, was a fisherman.

Unfortunately, the name Crassweller proves hard to find on censuses. Perhaps this is not surprising because actual spelling and then transcription is very variable.

But we know that George married a Market Lavington Girl, Hannah Potter, in 1886. The marriage took place in London. We can find the couple in London on the 1901 census. They lived at 48 Belgrave Mews East. George was a coachman. Their daughter, 11 year old Eleanor had been born in Market Lavington in 1889.

In 1911, George and Hannah were in Market Lavington. They were listed as visitors, staying with Hannah’s mother, 91 year old Martha. She lived, as she had for much of her adult life, on Church Street, Market Lavington. The 1911 census is sometime known as the fertility census. It tells us that George and Hannah had been married for 24 years and had produced just the one child – Eleanor.

In 1925, George and Hannah were at Spin Hill, Market Lavington according to the electoral roll. This would have been at Anne’s Farm and it is here that we see George involved in logging activities in the 1940s.

George Crassweller logging at Anne’s farm, Market Lavington in the 1940s.

Hannah died in 1952 and George in 1953. They were both into their 90s and both are buried in Market Lavington churchyard.