Market Lavington Museum


Our curator can’t help loving maps. He goes into raptures when new maps are given to the museum. Just recently, he was ecstatic because not one, but four maps arrived. These are big scale maps with 25 inches on the map representing a mile of real ground. Maps on this scale can show individual buildings, trees and field boundaries. No wonder they are such a fantastic resource.

The maps in question all date from the 1930s. They carry dates from 1936 to 1939. The maps provide a wonderful snapshot of what our area was like in the run up to the Second World War.

The centre of Market Lavington on the 1936 map

One map shows the bulk of the middle of Market Lavington. It is big enough to show the main street in Easterton as well.

This zoom in shows our museum building, more or less at the centre of the map.

Market Lavington Museum building is at the centre of this part of the map

This section shows a much changed area – The Brick and Tile Works was still extant at this time. Some of the buildings still remain, but the clay pit has been filled and landscaped. Earlier maps pre-date the railway line which runs across this survey.

The Lavington brick works, the railway and West Park Farm, Market Lavington

This section of map is outside Market Lavington but shows the station which served the area. It also shows the site of the Cheverell brick works and its little tramway line.

Strictly, out of our area, but here we see Lavington Railway Station and the brick works at Cheverell

These maps help fill a gap in our time scale, allowing us to see what had changed before and what has changed since their publication.