Market Lavington Museum

A 1948 Wedding

Here’s a  bit of romance for Valentine’s Day

A much loved and missed village character was Percy Wilkins. He is remembered by folks as the elderly chap who bustled around, invariably wearing wellingtons and helping out by delivering the papers. Percy had been on the ground staff at Lavington School and before that worked in agriculture around the area.

Our photo shows Percy on his wedding day – the formal picture of him with his bride, Lilian Blake.

Percy Wilkins and Lilian Blake wed in 1948 - a picture at Market Lavington Museum

What a handsome pair they make – but we can just guess that people who knew Percy are checking to see if he wore his trademark wellies for his wedding.

The couple married in the last quarter of 1948. Descendants might be able to tell us where the marriage took place.

Percy was born in 1912. His parents, Ernest Wilkins and Catherine Marsh had married earlier in the year.

Lilian was born in about 1921. We have not traced her origins

We are not sure when the family moved to their cottage on the Terrace in Market Lavington. Percy and Lilian are listed on the electoral roll compiled for 1964

Percy hit the news by having a part in the1967  film of Far From the Madding Crowd. Click here to see more.

Both Lilian and Percy are buried at St Mary’s, Market Lavington. Lilian died in 1994 and Percy followed in 1997.