Market Lavington Museum

A mattock

At Market Lavington Museum we have a range of tools used locally for domestic, market gardening and small scale agricultural purposes. Amongst these is this mattock.

It has two blades, one very wide and the other narrow and chisel like.

This heavy tool would have been lifted and swung downwards into turf or hard soil and pulled forward to break up the soil or provide planting holes. Apparently mattocks have been in use since the Bronze Age. Our records on this item are scanty, but we imagine it to be 20th century.