Market Lavington Museum

A clothes ration book

Just before the second world war, Stewart and Barbara Reynolds bought Clyffe Hall in Market Lavington. (See Clyffe Hall for sale – 1938.)

From 1941, clothes were rationed and people were issued with books of clothing coupons, limiting the amount of clothes that could be purchased. Although the war ended in 1945, clothes remained rationed until 1949. In Market Lavington Museum, we have the 1947-48 clothing ration book for the Reynolds’ son.

He would have been about ten years old at the time, so growing and needing new clothes. Certainly many of the coupons have been used, no doubt cut out by the retailer, in accordance with the rules.