Market Lavington Museum

Guess the Weight


Before the coming of the National Health Service, all sorts of ways were thought of to raise money so that people without their own means could still receive medical treatment. Most of the effort was focussed into a Market Lavington and Easterton Hospital Week with a big carnival style day and many other competitions.

A 1924 competition was to guess the combined weight of half a dozen men of the village. Their images were put together as a postcard.

Six men posed for a 'Guess the Weight' competition in 1924 - an image at Market Lavington Museum

The postcard gave a chance for people who did not know the men to have a go, but fortunately, we know who the men were.

The men are named

We think Sgt Perrett may have been Daniel who came from Marston but was buried at Market Lavington in 1927, aged 81.

Freddy Chapman was Market Lavington born and bred. At one time he worked as a draper and outfitter for Walton’s store.

Billy Topp was a Market Lavington man who had worked as a yardman on a farm.

James Welch (Peggy Gye’s grandfather) was actually born in South Wales where the family had industrial interests. He was, amongst other things steward for the Dauntsey charity.

Mr Elisha (William) came from Reading in Berkshire. He opened his haberdashery and sewing machine shop in Market Lavington in the early years of the twentieth century.

Fred Sayer owned and drove for the Lavington and Devizes bus company.

As ever, we’d welcome more information about these people.