Market Lavington Museum

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A brief history of the parish


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Entrance Room

The Kitchen

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Basket Making

Pond Digging

Brick Making









Market Lavington has its share of the great and the good. There’s Thomas Sainsbury who became a Lord Mayor of London. Bishop Tanner of St Asaph in Wales was the son of one of our vicars and was raised in Market Lavington and then there was engineer William Cambridge who devised and manufactured the Cambridge Roller in Market Lavington. Such rollers can still be seen on farms all over the country.

One of the more famous sons of the parish is James Lye. He was the gardener at Clyffe Hall in the latter half of the nineteenth century. Fuchsia growing was his speciality.


When he retired he lived in a house on Oak Lane in Easterton and he continued to be an active horticulturalist.


Percy Wilkins was a village character in the second half of the twentieth century. He was well known for always walking fast and always wearing his Wellington boots.


When the film of ‘Far from the Madding Crowd’ was made in Devizes, Percy had a small talking part as a cart driver.


This oil painting of a sleepy Percy is by Bridget Brooke, another local worthy.


This elegant young lady is Rose Polden. She was brought up by her uncle and aunt in Market Lavington and she was still a teenager when she established her dressmaking business on Parsonage Lane


Here we see Rose and her team in the early years of the 20th century,

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