Market Lavington Museum

Granny Cooper


Church Street in about 1932 with Tom Haines, the Market Lavington town crier and Granny Cooper.

Church Street in about 1932 with Tom Haines, the Market Lavington town crier and Granny Cooper.

We have seen this photo before on this blog. Then we concentrated on Tom Haines, the town crier. But this version we were given recently names the lady standing in the road with two small boys. She is ‘Granny Cooper’.

Granny Cooper and two grandsons

Granny Cooper and two grandsons

We believe that Granny Cooper had been born in 188o as Eliza Ann Pearce. Her birth place was Imber, the lost village on Salisbury Plain. In 1906 she married Herbert Edward Cooper.  We think he was very much a Market Lavington man and the family clearly settled in Market Lavington. Descendants still live in the village.

Daughter Winifred was born in 1909. In 1911 the family were on Northbrook in Market Lavington.

Winifred married Cecil Chapman in 1929 and it is their two sons that Granny Cooper has in the photograph.

The shops in the photo are of interest, but we commented on them in that earlier blog. Click here to see it.