Market Lavington Museum

Church Restoration in 1910


St Mary’s Church in Market Lavington is old with parts of it being built 800 or so years ago. No wonder that repairs are needed from time to time.

One such occasion was in 1910.

H J Sainsbury and workers restore the Chancel at St Mary's, Market Lavington in 1910 - a photo at Market Lavington Museum

Sainsbury was one of the commonest names in the area in past times. In 1851 there were almost 150 people with the Sainsbury surname in the Lavington area. This can make it hard to sort out which branch of the family Sainsburys belonged to. We do have a huge Sainsbury family tree in the museum.

H J Sainsbury was probably Herbert John, born in 1874. His son must have been added to the firm’s name at a very early age for the first child, also Herbert John, was born in 1910.

It looks as though the chancel had a complete rebuild in 1910.