In 1870-72, John Marius Wilson's Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales described Market Lavington like this:
LAVINGTON (EAST), a small town and a parish in Devizes district, Wilts. The town stands in a fertile valley, near the Ridge way, and on the N border of Salisbury plain, 5½ miles S of Devizes r. station; is irregularly built; consists chiefly of two streets; is commonly called Market-Lavington; and has a post office‡ of that name under Devizes. ...
A workmen's hall was erected in 1864. A weekly market was formerly held, but has been discontinued; and malting is carried on. The parish contains also the tything of Easterton. Acres, 4, 721. Real property, £7, 574. Pop. in 1851. 1, 721; in 1861, 1, 583. Houses, 381. The decrease of pop. was caused by the removal of machinery works and of a foundry. The manor belonged once to the Plantagenets; and passed to the Beauchamps, the Montagues, and the Bouveries. A mansion, on a picturesque site, about ½ a mile W of the town, was built in 1866 by the Right Hon. E. P. Bouverie. The living is a vicarage in the diocese of Salisbury. Value, £300. * Patron, Christ Church, Oxford. The church stands on an eminence W of the town; is later English, with a steeple; and was restored in 1862. There are chapels for Independents and Baptists, two national schools, and charities £20. Bishop Tanner, author of "Notitia Monastica, " was a native.
GB Historical GIS / University of Portsmouth, History of Market Lavington, in Kennet and Wiltshire | Map and description, A Vision of Britain through Time.
Date accessed: 27th March 2017
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