Market Lavington Museum

Northbrook seashells


Market Lavington is a long, narrow parish in central Wiltshire, with a variety of geology. The southern parts, are on the chalk of Salisbury Plain. The name of the road leading from the village centre to Lavington Hill and the plain is called White Street, referring to the chalk.

The lower, central part of the parish is on clay. The trackway running parallel to the High Street is called The Clays. The presence of clay was the reason why Market Lavington had a brick making industry up until the middle of the last century.

From these lower regions of the village, roads such as Spin Hill, Northbrook and Drove Lane head northwards into a third geological area – greensand. This was formed over a hundred million years ago, when the land was covered by shallow seas although, nowadays, the nearest coast is about fifty miles away.

A recent donation to the museum was this collection of sea shells.

They were dug up in the back garden of a house towards the top of Northbrook, when previously undisturbed subsoil was being removed to enable the building of an extension to the rear of a cottage.