Market Lavington Museum

Brotherly Love


There can certainly be curiosities at a museum. Take this card for example.

Comic Card at Market Lavington Museum

Now why would Market Lavington Museum want a card like this?

The answer lies in the sender and the recipient.

The card was sent by Stanley to his sister, Betty Seymour at reith Farm

The card was sent by Stanley to his sister, Miss B Seymour at Freith Farm.

Now it is interesting that Stanley sent it to West Lavington, for Freith Farm is in Market Lavington. We can find Stanley’s parents listed on the Market Lavington electoral roll for 1939 – at Freith Farm.

A part of the 1939 electoral roll shows that the Seymour family and Freith Farm were in Market Lavington

The Seymour family were the last to produce cheese in the parish. We have seen some of their equipment before in these pages and you can click here to see it.

William Seymour married Mabel Kate Mattick in 1918 in the Yeovil area of Somerset. However, the three children born to the marriage were all born in the Devizes district and they were Harold in 1919, Stanley in 1922 and Betty in 1926.

Our card was sent from Stanley, who was away in Gloucester, to Betty and seems to be an affectionate way of advising mum that he’d be home on Thursday. What a shame the stamp has gone, and with it the postmark. We guess the postcard might have been sent in around 1940 from Longhope in Gloucestershire. Perhaps Stanley was a youthful soldier manning some kind of a decoy station at Longhope. And in 1940, sister Betty might still have been of an age to appreciate all those kisses from big brother.

We would like to learn more of this family and their cheese making. If you can help then please Contact the curator.