On the corner of White Street
Every village in our area has a White Street, leading up to the chalk downs. Easterton has one, West Lavington has one but here we are dealing with the White Street in Market Lavington.
This photo dates from the early years of the 20th century. Market Lavington’s Wednesday markets had already long gone, but at that time there was still something of the rural town about the place. We can see here what a range of shops there was on the corner of White Street, which heads off to the right and back along Church Street.
This was also in the days of many pubs in the village. This photo barely shows the Volunteer Arms but its sign is very visible.
The landlord was Mr Trotter. William Robert Trotter was not, by origin, a local man. He was a Londoner who had served time in the army and who married his wife, Jessie Wheeler in Wandsworth, London, in 1901. The two children, Also Jessie and William had not been born in Lavington. Jessie was born in the Hartlepool area in about 1906 and William, more locally, at Pewsey in 1908.
Having arrived at The Volunteer, they stayed put. William died in 1936 and his address, then, was The Volunteer. His wife, Jessie moved away but is buried with her husband at St Mary’s.
Many of the shop premises around the corner of White Street were part of Mr Walton’s empire. We can see his ironmongery, china and glass department, complete with enamel ads for Hudson’s and Sunlight soaps.
Across White Street, a painted sign records The Noted Boot and Shoe Warehouse at Lavington and Salisbury. Above it, a large sign read Lavington House, which was the general name for Mr Walton’s local shops.
The drapery department, on the ground floor is well stocked with hats.
On the near corner of White Street we find Lavington Supply Stores, which also carries the Walton name. There are ads for Cadburys coco, Royal Daylight Lamp Oil and whet appears to be ‘Monsters’.
We’d love to know more about the Trotters at the Volunteer Arms and also more about Mr Walton’s emporia. Do contact us if you have any tales to tell.