Posts Tagged ‘Trowbridge’

A Trowbridge Carnival

October 7, 2013

A Trowbridge Carnival? What has that got to do with Market Lavington?  Well in this case, the vehicle in use was Market Lavington based.

Edwin Potter's Market Lavington to Devizes bus in use at a Trowbridge Carnival

Edwin Potter’s Market Lavington to Devizes bus in use at a Trowbridge Carnival

This was Edwin Potter’s bus, which had normally plied between Lavington and Devizes. We wonder if it is use to portray transport in times past. In fact we don’t know the date of the photo, but it may well have been towards the end of the Edwardian era. By then, Edwin had reduced his service to just three days a week, so the bus would have been available for other uses.

The give-away on this photo is the banner on the roof line of the bus.

 

The Lavington to Devizes legend can be seen under the added carnival banner

The Lavington to Devizes legend can be seen under the added carnival banner

We can’t read the stuck on paper message – the last three words are ‘to the carnival’. But under it we can see the beginning of the word Lavington and the end of the word Devizes. This, we know, was Potter’s bus.

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Of course, it would be grand to recognise the people. Then we’d know if they were Market Lavington folk or others from the Trowbridge area. Here are some of the folks enlarged. Maybe a reader will know them???

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A. S. Wordley and Co

September 24, 2013

A recent gift to the museum is of some photographs of our local agricultural engineers and their stand at an agricultural show.

A. S. Wordley had premises in The Market Place at Market Lavington. They were a substantial firm and well known as suppliers of equipment for agriculture.

The pictures have come via a roundabout route, but initially they were held by a person who worked for the Wordley firm in 1951, when the photos were taken.

They are large, high quality photos but have suffered some of the ravages of time. This one, which is framed and behind glass, has survived pretty well.

A S Wordley of market Lavington had a stand at the 1951 Trowbridge and Melksham Show

A S Wordley of market Lavington had a stand at the 1951 Trowbridge and Melksham Show

We can see that this photo shows a part of Wordley’s stand at the 1951 Trowbridge, Melksham and District Agricultural Show.

Let’s zoom in on the picture.

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Wordley’s stand featured combine harvesters, devices still very much in their infancy

 At the left end we can see what looks to be the ‘hospitality’ tent. Under the banner we have ‘Germ Oil’ and behind what one guesses are staff cars and a Landrover with a horsebox. In the pen there are a couple of combine harvesters with a group of men discussing the pros and cons. We see an elevator which seems to be attracting attention. There is at least one tractor in there and this was just a part of their display which includes the beautifying picket fencing and plants.

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It’s very unlikely that people will be recognised – but hope, as ever, springs eternal.