We have already met Charlie Burnett, who worked as a wheelwright in Market Lavington. We have learned that A strake nail was used to secure the metal rim around the wooden cart wheel. At Market Lavington Museum we also have some wooden arcs recorded as being felloes.
Several of these, placed end to end, would form the wooden outer rim of a wheel and the spokes radiating from the hub would be housed in holes bored into the inner curve of the felloe.
However, there doesn’t seem to be enough depth to our artefacts for housing a spoke and the wood seems too flimsy to bear the weight of a cart or barrow. We think that maybe these were patterns which were then used to make the actual felloes. Perhaps the holes were for hanging the patterns up. This is pure conjecture and we would welcome comments from readers with opinions or knowledge on the subject.
We have another ‘felloe’ with writing on it.
It appears to say 22 POND BARROW. We wonder if this was a pattern for the felloes needed to make or replace a wheel for a barrow belonging to Pond Farm, up on Salisbury Plain or whether it was for one of the barrows used by the Smith family of dew pond makers. Either idea would be plausible as the wheelwrights in Market Lavington would have served both these local businesses.