Another Norman Miller painting
Grove Farm, now demolished and replaced by the Community Hall in Market Lavington, was quite central to the village and provided green fields by St Mary’s Church. Much of its land is now covered with housing on the Grove Farm estate, but we can still enjoy a grassy area which has been preserved alongside the churchyard.
At Market Lavington Museum we are fortunate in having a large collection of photographs and postcards to remind us of how the village looked in the past. The Grove in 1972 features a photograph of the area. We are also extremely lucky to have pictures created by talented local artists in the museum. The Reverend Norman Miller lived in Easterton and painted the view looking west across the Grove from near the church. (See The Grove – a water colour.)
However, in 1981, he also painted the scene looking the other way.
This watercolour, measuring about 46cm x 56cm in its frame, shows the view across Grove Farm fields towards St Mary’s Church and beyond towards Salisbury Plain.
Although housing now occupies much of the Grove Farm land, there is still a wonderful view over the church towards the plain, as seen in this photograph taken on 6.3. 2021.