Market Lavington Museum

Market Lavington in the Cambridge Geographies


At Market Lavington Museum we have a little book that had belonged to Great Cheverall School and also the Comprehensive School in Market Lavington.

When it opened in 1962, Lavington School was a secondary modern, with those children who passed their 11+ going to the grammar school in Devizes. Lavington later catered for all abilities and, presumably, this book was used there at that stage. It would have been an elderly volume by then, dating from 1909.

So, how was Market Lavington described in this little book about Wiltshire?

Nowadays, we consider ourselves to live in a large village but, back in 1909, despite having less than half our current population, Market Lavington was deemed to be ‘a picturesque little town’ with a single street and 978 inhabitants. The cloth industry here is long gone. We do still have some farms, though fewer than in those days as the military have taken over all the former farmland on Salisbury Plain. Whilst there is some employment in the village, many residents now travel to work in surrounding towns.

Of course, the geology hasn’t changed.

Situated just to the north of the chalk plain, Market Lavington also features greensand and gault clay.