The two Lavingtons' churches 

          The Warren pond in winter

These local views have been captured by resident Paul Rayner.


We would also like to share with you here some older photographs of our social history, showing local scenes of daily living from around the parish in the late1800s and early 1900s.

The Parish Council is indebted to All Saints Church, West Lavington, in whose custody sits the Walter Burt Collection of photographs, from which these images are drawn. There are over 260 pictures now available on CD, which you can buy for £5, proceeds supporting the work of the church. You can obtain a copy by phoning 01380 816963 or emailing here.

The Bridge Inn taken in 1907 with the Landlord Mr Henry Edwin Wells and two of his daughters, Myra and Rose Kate. Mr Wells came to Lavington from Bishop’s Cannings, where he had a thriving Agricultural Machinery Business and Smithy, which he left in the hands of his sons.

The Bridge Inn taken in 2012 with the Landlord Mr Cyrille Portier his wife Paula and their daughter Sasha. Mr and Mrs Portier were

Landlords for 8 years and moved to The Rollestone Manor in Shrewton the day this picture was taken.


Littleton Panell High Street looking towards the crossroads

                    The same houses today

Wadman’s Shop, Littleton Panell with an ice-cream man’s tricycle outside (1939)



          Heads on High hairdressers (as at 2011)

West Lavington Cycle Club, outside the Bridge Inn.
Back Row l to r: - 1. Unknown, 2. Harry Hoare,
3. George Davis, (Mrs Rochester’s brother), 4. Unknown,
5. Church, 6. Oram, 7. Unknown, 8. Sam Axford,
Seated : 1. Topp, 2. Cousin of 3,  A. T. Holliday,
4. Mr Long (Headmaster of Dauntsey), 5. unknown,
6. Joey Scribbans, 7, Jimmy Still, 8. Bill Chapman.
Front 2 Arthur Sealey.

All the bicycles had 28” wheels

           Yes, you guessed - image to come!



Haymaking with the Lushes at Highlands Farm, around the turn of the twentieth century. Farmer Edward George Lush was the brother of Doctors John and Harry Lush.Bert Lush.  Mrs Kate Doel. Harry Bailey. Mr and Mrs Harry Baker. a Bailey. Harry Mead. Maggie Fennel, nee Baker.  Sitting on the horses are a Brown, Ern Baker and  “Bonzo Emmett”. On the rick is Lorey Blake (Chimney Sweep) and George Plank. Note the Ox drawing the wagon on the right, and the refreshments on the left.

The Church showing no trees, taken some time before 1890 and with no lamp over the entrance gate.

The Church with trees, in 2011, with lamp, and war memorial added in 1921. Note railings removed for wartime scrap.

Harry Gould, sub-postmaster from 1st November 1915. Unchanged as from Mead’s time, but now Ice-creams for sale! In 1873 the Post Office was situated in the house occupied by the Kellaways, the Blacksmiths, (opposite the bakery, next to the newsagents). The postmistress was then Mrs Mary Baker.

                     The Old Post Office today

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