Market Lavington Museum

Market Lavington in the local paper – 1924

Whilst focusing on the 1924 Hospital Week in recent blog posts, we looked at some of the reporting of the fund raising success in the September 18th issue of the Devizes and Wiltshire Advertiser.

It cost one penny to purchase this newspaper and, as well as covering the recent Hospital Week, it contains a few advertisements of local interest to residents of Market Lavington.

On the front page, there is a large advert for Lavington & Devizes Motor Services Ltd, reminding us that this was a flourishing concern, providing local bus services and day trips to many destinations in their fleet of charabancs.

The head office was in Market Lavington and its phone number 13 reminds us that Lavington used to have its own telephone exchange. Indeed we still had Lavington numbers here in the 1970s, but later they were moved into the Devizes exchange and our local numbers were prefixed with 81.

Mr Pike, the Market Lavington butcher, also had an advertisement in this paper.

The request for locally produced eggs was not specific to Mr Pike’s shop as many businesses in the surrounding area were asking to purchase eggs.

At the museum we have several pages from local papers, saved for nearly a century because of their Hospital Week reports.