We are so very lucky at Market Lavington Museum. Donations of items and photos come from all sorts of places with modern technology making it easy to email copies of photos to us. This one, however, arrived through the post and very welcome it is. It shows fruit pickers in Easterton.
The man with the beard is Samuel Moore.
This is the man who was responsible for turning the cottage jam making business in Easterton into a thriving, large, factory scale operation. The factory finally closed in 1998.
Samuel had been born in about 1863 in the Fiddington area. He had worked for other fruit growers and preservers before setting up his own business. His company flourished during the First World War and we suspect this photo dates from soon after the end of that awful conflict.
In front of Sam we see Phyllis Clelford holding the fruit basket.
Phyllis was born in 1900 in Easterton. This photo was sent to us by her son who lives in Yorkshire.
We believe the fruit fields were alongside Kings Road, more or less opposite where the jam factory stood. The fruit growing has long gone and now the old factory site has been cleared, ready for building.