Market Lavington Museum

A leather purse


One of the recent donations to Market Lavington Museum is a small leather purse.

If we look inside, we can see its owner was M Burbidge. Either she was not the original owner or, maybe, she has scribbled over a maiden name.

Her married name was Louisa May Burbidge, the wife of Alf Burbidge. They lived in School House in Market Lavington, the cottage which now houses our museum.

People who knew her said she preferred to be called Mrs Burbidge.

Her small purse has a pretty floral design on the back. Mrs Burbidge died in 1954, so would never have known our decimal currency. These are the coins she would have known, all predating 1954.