Market Lavington Museum

Mr and Mrs Walter Cooper


We met Mrs Cooper about three weeks ago. She was born Florence Moore and was the daughter of Samuel Moore of the jam factory in Easterton. This photo shows her with her husband, Walter James Cooper. They have posed by their house which was in Market Place in Market Lavington.

Mr and Mrs Walter Cooper of Market Place, Market Lavington

Mr and Mrs Walter Cooper of Market Place, Market Lavington

Walter Cooper was born in about 1883. He was the son of Robert Cooper and his wife Sarah (née) Burden. Robert was Market Lavington born. Sarah came from Easterton.

The couple seem to have made their home and raised their family on Northbrook in Market Lavington. Robert was a labourer and in 1901 he was working at the brick works. By this stage Walter, then around 18, was a labourer working on the railway. It is possible he was involved in its construction.

By 1911 Robert had become a foreman at the brickworks. Walter, still living at home on Northbrook, had become a gardener.

Walter married Florence Moore in 1912. The couple set up home in the Market Place where they lived until Walter died in 1948. Florence lived until 1966.