Market Lavington Museum

An Agricultural View from the Church


This view from the church tower is looking more or less due south.

A view from Market Lavington Church - looking South. The photo was taken in about 1920.

A view from Market Lavington Church – looking South. The photo was taken in about 1920.

In the foreground, at the bottom of the picture, there are houses, sheds and gardens on Church Street. Beyond them we get into the agricultural lands. The sharp eyed might note a moderate flock of sheep in the large field in the centre of the photo.

But perhaps what takes the eye most of all are the haystacks. That is rather a generic name for quite probably there are stacks of corn there but whatever material is in them, these wonderfully engineered and then straw thatches structures just aren’t seen any more. What a complement they were to the English rural landscape – so much more attractive than today’s giant walls composed of huge bales.

Just off shot to the left is Knapp Farm house. The stacks are a part of the wealth of that farm.

And in the background the land slopes up to Salisbury Plain.

This photo has the hallmarks of a Burgess photograph. We believe it dates from about 1920.