Market Lavington Museum

Pike’s the butchers


Market Lavington is lucky in that it still has a butchers shop in the village where people who understand both meat and customers work to service the needs of a wide community. Their premises, on High Street, have been butchers for 150 years or more and long may they continue.

In the past there were rival butchers in the village and one of these was based on Church Street. Up until 1910, this had been in the hands of Mr Godfrey but Mr Pike took over the business. A recent image, given to the museum, shows Mr Pike and at least one of his sons outside the shop. The caption added to the photo says it was decorated for Christmas in 1911. It would seem the Pikes had not been there long, for their sign reminds people that this had been Godfrey’s shop.

Mr Pike's Butcher's Shop, Market Lavington - Christmas 1911

There are still descendants of Mr Pike in the village. I showed a copy of this photo to a lady who has lived in Market Lavington for more than seventy years.

‘That’s my Grampy’, she exclaimed in delight

Market Lavington Museum is always pleased to receive images of the parish and its people. The parish, in the past included Easterton and  areas like Fiddington and Gore, which have swapped between Market and West Lavington. Original photos are lovely, but copies are very acceptable as well. Do contact the curator on the link below if you have anything to offer.

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