Market Lavington Museum

A Find on Grove Farm

Grove Farm like many farms in the Lavingtons has vanished. The farmhouse stood near the church, roughly where the Community Hall now stands.

Grove Farm and St mary's Church in the 1950s - a photo at Market Lavington Museum

The rolling acres of farmland, where cows once roamed, are now under the Grove Farm estate of houses built in the 1980s and 90s. The house and farm buildings  went as part of this scheme to provide more homes in the area.

Many people will know that the building work was delayed whilst Saxon and Roman sites were excavated but other finds of a more modern age also came to light and they also have stories to tell about past life. But just what is this?

An artefact at Market Lavington Museum. Read on to discover what it is.

The answer is that it is a part of a butter churn. The more fragile, glass part probably got broken which, perhaps, was the reason this piece was discarded.

This is thought to date from the 1920s – just yesterday compared with the Saxon and Roman finds, but we can assume that the Francis family, who were the proprietors of grove Farm, made butter, at least for themselves.

Its time in the ground has taken a toll on the butter churn frame, but we can see that the registered trade name was Rowlway.

Rowlway was the registered name of this butter churn

We do not have a complete butter churn in Market Lavington Museum so this picture of a similar churn is not a museum artefact.

What a complete butter churn looked like

You can discover more interesting facets about farming in the parish at our ‘Museum Miscellany’ at 7.30pm on Saturday 18th September in the Community Hall. Tickets for this are on sale at Market Lavington Post Office.