Market Lavington Museum

Homestead Farm, Market Lavington


Market Lavington Museum has literally thousands of photographs. These, like many a personal photo album, don’t tell a full story. People tend to go out and snap the out of the ordinary events. We all imagine that the everyday happenings are known and seen by one and all. But of course today’s commonplace ways of life do drift away to become history.

It is pleasing to report though, that the branch of the Gye family who lived at Homestead Farm for much of the twentieth century have given us a photographic record of what ordinary life was like for hard working farmers and market gardeners, both at work and at leisure. Some of these photos form an exhibition for our Silver Jubilee year. Here is one photo, which shows that farming was hard graft – for the beautiful shire horses.

James Gye on a scarifier hauled by Shire horses at Homestead Farm, Market Lavington

More photos and artefacts about Homestead Farm – the old building is soon to be demolished – can be seen in the museum this year.

But this is also a plea for present day photographers to get out and get pictures of present day ordinary life – and then offer a copy to the museum, of course.