Market Lavington Museum

The Big Box


In our file of news cuttings, at Market Lavington Museum, we have this item which is really about a book – The Big Box, by T McTaggart. It was published in 1986 and is about the various heavy haulage firms run by members of the Box family in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. The firms operated in Lancashire, but the Box family hailed from Market Lavington.

This article, from the Wiltshire Gazette and Herald, published on 13th November 1986 features the local connection, showing pictures of an engine owned by the Box family – they ran the brickworks in Market Lavington – at Stonehenge on a village excursion and also a Box designed engine being operated by Holloways who took over the brickworks after the sad death of William Box – run over by one of his traction engines.

News Cutting about the Box family of Market Lavington

It will come as no surprise that we have a copy of the book in the museum – a well-thumbed copy.

The Big Box - a book about the Market Lavington Box family and their descendants in Lancashire

We can’t resist a photo from within the book. The photo shows Sam Rumble, formerly of Lavington and related to the Box family, on a traction engine delivering huge boilers in Liverpool.

Lavington born Sam Rumble at the wheel of a heavy haulage traction engine in Liverpool

If you can’t find a copy of this book – then it is available to read at Market Lavington Museum. The museum will be open this afternoon from 2.30 to 4 pm.