Market Lavington Museum

Meadow Cottage again


We have featured Meadow Cottage, Market Lavington in previous blog entries. It was the birthplace of our museum founder, Peggy Gye and is set back from The Spring, part of the main road through the village. It was on the road to the recreation ground, but that no longer exists, so its views to the rear are of fields and the sloping ground leading up to Salisbury Plain.

It was once thatched, with a rear extension under a tiled roof. Now the entire building is under tiles and has white painted walls. This was not always the case. In this picture from the 1960s the house gleams white as seen from the rec. although the roof on the old part of the building is still thatched.

However, this picture of the rear of the house, from Peggy Gye’s postcard collection, shows the unpainted brickwork and the tall chimney still in place. So, we presume it dates from the 1950s or earlier.

The net curtains have a 1950s look to them and the wheelbarrow in the foreground has a far from modern looking wheel.

Of course, we are always pleased to receive information that helps us to tighten up on our dating guesses.