Market Lavington Museum

Who was Eva Hale?

We have recently acquired some photographs of people. Judging by their clothing, some of them possibly date from the early twentieth century. At Market Lavington Museum, we deal with items connected to our village and neighbouring Easterton.

One of the photographs definitely has such a connection, as it has Burgess Bros. Photographers, Market Lavington, Wilts printed on the reverse. Alf Burgess, had set up the business in 1886. He died in 1918, but two of his sons continued to run it until after the second world war. That would date our picture roughly to the 1920s, 30s or 40s.

We think her clothing may have a 1920s look. Pencilled on the back of the picture is the name Eva Hale. We wonder if any of our readers are able to give us more information about Eva. The Burgess photographers took photographs in Market Lavington, but also in other places in their local area, so she may or may not be a Lavington lass.

This photograph was in a little collection, but the others are not Burgess Bros pictures, so we do not know whether they have a local connection or not. The older gentleman was called William Perrett and the other people are not named. If anyone recognises these people, do please get in touch via a comment on this blog or an email to