Market Lavington Museum

Sale bargains – 1891


In our previous blog entry, we introduced a newspaper article which reprinted items in Mr Walton’s sale. He placed his advertisement in the Wiltshire Gazette, published on 2nd June 1891, exactly 130 years before the date of writing of this article. We will take a look at what he had on offer.

The readers were reminded that the shop was at Lavington House, which is on the corner of High Street and White Street in Market Lavington.

Prices followed by d were in old pence, when 240 pennies equaled one pound. Youths’ watertight boots cost 3/11. That was 3 shillings and 11 pence. There were 12 pennies in a shilling and 20 shillings in a pound. The 1980 newspaper that reprinted this historic advert reminded readers that the weekly wage was about 50p (10 shillings) so, even at sale prices, the man’s cloth coat would have cost half a week’s income.

We will enlarge the advertisement in sections for a clearer read.

This advertisement gives a fascinating insight into the clothes available in the 1890s. Some of the items are instantly recognisable, but many of us would probably need to do some research in order to visualise the like of varsity caps, knicker suits and drabbett jackets.