A potted history of Market Lavington
We will take a final look at the My bit of Wiltshire Darby and Joan essays from 1984. We have already looked at Eva Kirby’s account of life in Market Lavington in Village activities in 1958 and1984, but she also recorded a brief history of the village.
This part of her writing still rings true in 2021, with High Street house windows suggesting where former shops once were and a Market Place used for car parking, with homes built where there were once malthouses (and a fire station).
The brickworks have indeed gone, but so now has the jam factory in Easterton, replaced by a small housing estate.
Lavington still has no railway station and Westbury is the nearest, but there are plans afoot for a new station just outside Devizes, about five or six miles away. The manor house is still part of Dauntsey’s School and St Mary’s church is little changed, though the United Reformed Church (later Trinity Church) building is now a house and its services are held in the Community Hall.
The Drummer Boy is one of several village pubs which have now closed, leaving only The Green Dragon still in operation.
Eva’s final paragraph still rings true, with the army ranges still in use just above the village, on Salisbury Plain.
For more information about aspects of Market Lavington’s history, go to the museum blog front page and type key words into the search box. You might also wish to consult The Village under the Plain book, on sale at the museum or Market Lavington Post Office.