Market Lavington Museum

A long corer


We probably think of a corer as a small kitchen gadget for removing the central, seed bearing part of an apple. The corer in Market Lavington Museum is considerably longer, at about 70cm in length.

It has a long, curved metal blade, terminating in a wooden handle which, we are told, is a modern replacement. The tool itself is over 100 years old.

It was used during the First World War by James Welch, an ancestor of our museum founder, Peggy Gye. Peggy’s father James was known as Jack and his war service took him to India for much of the war. Peggy’s grandfather and great grandfather were also called James Welch, so we imagine it might have been her grandfather who used the corer. He lived until 1927 and was secretary to the Wiltshire Agricultural Association.

Apparently the corer was used for taking samples from bags of fertiliser, so they could be tested.