Market Lavington Museum

St Mary’s Church – 1930s

Today’s photo of St Mary’s Church dates from the 1930s. It shows an unchanging building – still just the same after 80 years.

St Mary's, Market Lavington in the 1930s

St Mary’s, Market Lavington in the 1930s

We think this photo was taken by Mrs Phillips who lived at Ann’s Cottage on Church Street.

It shows the spot where the committee organising First World War commemoration have placed the stone that will mark the centenary of the start of that awful conflict. Indeed, as you read this the stone that forms the seat may well be in place awaiting a suitable inscription.

It was during preparation for this work that a small piece of carved stone was found and you can click here to read about it.

Further information about other stones like this came from Colin Osborn who wrote:

When I was digging the trench for the cable for floodlighting the church I came across loads of these. They had been used for edging a footpath a few inches below and wider than the current one. 

Don’t forget that the graveyard has been dug over many times, and until the field at the back was acquired the small graveyard would have been regularly cleared of stones and reused. You can see how much the soil level has risen over the years by looking at the old gravestones holding the soil back from the path, and the depth of the airdrains around the edge of the church.

In one plague year several hundred people were buried there.

Others have studied stones that line the path and note that some have been cut to fit so there would have been offcuts. It does seem likely that what was found was a piece of an old gravestone.