Market Lavington Museum

Books for the people

Although Market Lavington Museum focuses on the history of our village and other areas within the parish, we do hold various generic items, which would have been used here and in many other places. These include several magazines.

This publication dates from Victorian times.

It is one of a series of Books for the People, published by the Religious Tract Society. This organisation was set up in 1799 and spent its early decades printing religious tracts. By the mid nineteenth century, it was producing reading material for working class families at affordable prices. Our copy is number 32 in the series and concerns Guy Fawkes and the gunpowder plot.

Here we can see the subjects covered in previous issues. They all had 16 pages and cost 1d (an old penny when there were 240 pence in a pound).

We will finish this post with a whole page advertisement from the ‘book’. Do look again on 5th November for more of the content about Guy Fawkes and the Gunpowder Plot.