Market Lavington Museum

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The Entrance Room


Welcome to the entrance room at Market Lavington Museum. We think of this room as housing the ‘Treasures of Market Lavington’. Don’t take treasures to mean cash value. Our treasures are all donated and each item tells us something about the history of the parish.


One of the first things you’ll see is a large clock motor which was originally in the Workman’s Hall which was built in 1865. It has, to quote a clock expert, ‘suffered catastrophic damage’. It may never work again but we can conjure up thoughts and tales about the Saunders family – fiercely non-conformist in many ways. It was one of the family, Edward, who provided the money to build the hall which was a temperance hall.



Stepping back a couple of thousand years you’ll find some artefacts found when the Grove Farm Roman and Saxon sites were excavated. These major sites produced many finds and here we see pot shards from different eras in history.

We like the little things at Market Lavington Museum. This beaded purse belonged to Miss Flo Burbidge who was born in our museum building back in 1908 and lived there, with her parents, until she married Bert Shore in 1940. She is now commemorated with a stone just outside the museum gate.



James Lye, gardener at Clyffe Hall in the 19th century is a famous man in the world of fuchsias. He developed dozens of new varieties during the time he worked for The Hon. Mrs Hay. He was awarded many medals at shows. But one of these medals was actually for a variety of potato he developed.

Step through the door and you will enter the kitchen