A sad time for the Mullings family
William Mullings and his wife, Mary, moved to Market Lavington from Devizes around 1870. They brought with them a growing family. William was a basket maker. An uncle of his had made baskets in Easterton and maybe he suggested that William could do well in the Lavingtons. William set up business on Market Lavington High Street – we think more or less opposite The Green Dragon pub.
In 1879 William and Mary’s final child was born – Herbert Edward Mullings. Sadly, he was to have a short life for he died on January 14th 1892, aged just 12 years.
One of the artefacts at Market Lavington Museum is a memorial card for Herbert. These cards were often sent to relatives in black edged envelopes to let them know of the death.
A sad day, indeed, for the Mullings family.
The Mullings basket-making dynasty continued, however. Herbert’s older brother, Alfred continued the business, first on the High Street but later he operated from The Clays in Market Lavington.
Alf’s son, Sidney became the third member of that family to operate in Market Lavington – again at The Clays. He continued in business until the 1950s.
We have a range of Mullings baskets in Market Lavington Museum as well as more information about the Mullings family.