The Mullings’s Willow Hook
The Mullings family have featured before on these pages. They made baskets in the village from the 1870s through to the 1950s. In fact the first Mr Mullings, (George by name) was a basket maker inthe Easterton part of the parish from about 1840. So between them, the Mullings family ran to over 100 years of basket making in Market Lavington and Easterton. No wonder their willow hook looks careworn.
A split wooden handle was no problem to basket makers. That was easy to fix with a band of split willow, tightened up with a wedge.
In fact this willow hook dates from the early years of the twentieth century so was probably acquired by Alfred Mullings and may, later, have been used by his son, Sidney who was the last of the four generations of Mullings to make baskets in the parish.