Market Lavington Museum

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Trades Room


Market Lavington and Easterton were, like all other places, self supporting in times past. Every community had a range of craftsmen and women, capable of producing the items that people needed. Here are just a few examples. More information can be found by visiting our trades room.


In the nineteenth century, the Gye family were carpenters and wheelwrights.


In the twentieth century they added blacksmithing and farriery to the portfolio of services which they offered at their White Street premises.


This set them in competition with the Merritt family who had a smithy very close by, at Broadwell.


The Gye’s blacksmith and farrier was Bert Burnett who came from Easterton. His brother Charlie was the master wheelwright.


Gyes Old Yard still exists, as a pretty housing development.


Making and repairing shoes was a very important task. Looking through old censuses reveals that many people worked in this trade.


Ken Mundy was the last shoe maker and cobbler in the village. He had premises on High Street, near the Co-op.


He was a renowned village character who, for many years, refused to have tap water. He could be seen, in living memory, making his way to Broadwell for water with a yoke and a couple of buckets.


In our trades room you can find examples of items used by plumbers, painters, pond diggers, farmers and market gardeners not to mention brick makers and brewers.


Return to the entrance room and make your way upstairs