Market Lavington Museum

I want to ride my bicycle

So sang Freddy Mercury and the rest of the band, Queen.

So also said Sybil Perry, former resident of Market Lavington – well she said something akin to it.

Sybil was actually born in Hertfordshire, but her ancestors were Market Lavington people – none other than the famous Smith family who had been dew pond diggers for centuries. Sybil came to live in Market Lavington at the age of four in 1924. At first the family lived with her grandparents Smith on White Street in Market Lavington.

Sybil attended Market Lavington School and, at the Museum Miscellany on 14th September in the Community Hall (7.30 pm with tickets at a fiver each available from the village Post Office) we hope to present some of Sybil’s memories of being a school pupil.

Her mother, Mrs Baker, was actually a teacher at the school.

Sybil left Market Lavington School at age 11 for she passed the scholarship and went to Devizes Grammar School.

In 1948 Sybil married Desmond Perry. She became the Mrs Perry that many people remember her as.

After a spell away, Sybil returned to Market Lavington School as a teacher.

She and Des moved away from the village in 1994 to be nearer family but Sybil maintained a close contact, hand writing memories and recording some on tape.

Sybil died in 2010.

But what about the bicycle? That comes from Sybil’s memories.

Sybil Baker, later Mrs Perry, rides her bicycle in about 1928.

Sybil Baker, later Mrs Perry, rides her bicycle in about 1928.

What a charming photograph.