Trowbridge, Melksham and District Agricultural Show
Another acquisition from the closing museum at Lackham was a catalogue for the Trowbridge Melksham and District Agricultural Show which took place on Wednesday May 26th 1954 – just over 60 years ago.
Of particular interest to us at Market Lavington was the advert on the inside of the front cover.
Yes, this was from our very own firm, of A. S. Wordley and Co who were based in the Market Place in the village.
We have already seen on this blog photos of Wordley’s stand at this show, from other years in the early fifties (click here).
But these catalogues also give some other ideas of what went on in our villages, by seeing who was exhibiting what.
First we note that Mrs N R Harmsworth of Kestrels in Easterton was showing flowers. She was one of seven competitors who had tried for the ‘best geranium in pot’ class. She was also going for the best flowering plant of any variety, the best vase of cut flowers arranged for effect, and the best vase of three bearded iris.
Mrs Harmsworth also showed vegetables – the best three cabbages, the best three lettuces, the best six carrots, the best 12 strawberries and the best collection of vegetables – four varieties.
D E Alexander of Southcliffe Farm was showing pigs. He had entered two large white sows. One was called Southcliffe Beautiful and she had been born on 20th October 1952. The other was Southcliffe Beryl 2nd, born 17th December 1952.
Mr Alexander had also entered the best two pork pigs, any breed or cross and the best two pigs suitable for Wiltshire bacon. He also showed in the two carcasses most suitable for Wiltshire bacon class.
We have here yet another period document from a past age with plenty of local information.