A well bucket
April 8th 2019
In 2018, one of our museum displays featured domestic life before the local villages were connected to mains services. A piped water supply came to Market Lavington in 1936. Before that, water would have been brought from a well in the garden or carried in buckets from the pump at Broadwell or the dipping well at Northbrook. Easterton,too, had a pump by its stream at the road junction next to Halstead Farm.
The village centres were close to such sources of water but, up on the chalk and sandstone hills, deep wells were needed. The well at Homestead Farm, on Drove Lane, is about 90 feet (or 27 metres) deep.
A recent gift to the museum is a galvanised well bucket, found by a local resident in a hedge in Market Lavington. A rope would have been attached to the loop in the handle and its sloping sides were designed to reduce spillage as the bucket was hoisted up and carried home. This delightful reminder of times past is now in the museum kitchen.
We are preparing many new displays in the museum at present, ready for the 2019 season. We hope you will enjoy them when you visit.
You will find the museum in the old Schoolmaster’s Cottage in St Mary’s churchyard, Market Lavington. Our volunteer stewards will be there to welcome you from 2.30 – 4.30 pm on Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday afternoons from 1st May to the end of October. Admission is free. Donations towards our running costs are welcome!
Meanwhile, spare a thought for the old well bucket users when you turn on your tap!