Our Next Meeting
... is on Wednesday, January 16th at 7.30 pm in the Church Hall, Butts Road, Chiseldon SN4 0NJ.
‘Carrots, Culture and Courtesans’
This presentation is about Covent Garden – from its early history and ‘change of use’ to the centre of the Bawdy and Bagnio houses catering for the rakes of Georgian England, to its current position as a premier tourist meeting place for street entertainment. It will also include the cultural aspects of the area, particularly the nearby Royal Opera House.
... is now due for the new year 2018 - 2019. All members are asked to fill in a Membership Form. It can be downloaded here (.pdf).
Please bring your completed form to a meeting, together with your annual subscription of £10 (cheques to Chiseldon Local History Group) or post/deliver them to:
Membership Secretary, CLHG, 27 Home Close, Chiseldon, Swindon SN4 0ND.
We can offer talks to interested groups on the village and its history, and on Chiseldon Camp. Please get in touch via the website, email or phone for more details.
Chiseldon and The Great War
CLHG has just published a new book! 'Chiseldon and The Great War' has been compiled by Elaine Jones, using material shown in the Museum over the past 4 years to commemorate the men whose names appear on the Memorial Tablet in Holy Cross Church, together with interesting details of village life, institutions and personalities from that time.
It is NOW AVAILABLE at a cost of £7.50. You can order your copy by clicking here. Or you can buy a copy at Oakleys Spar in the village.
This is a milestone on Marlborough Road near Badbury crossroads and would have read "Swindon 4 Marlborough 7". You can just make out the "W".
The road from Swindon was turnpiked in the 18th century and there were stones literally every mile. There should be others in the Parish – does anyone know of any still around?
This milestone is numbered WI MLSN07 on the www.milestonesociety.co.uk website. 05 is located near 3 Mile Clump, but 06 seems to have vanished.
Programme 2018 - 19
The programme of talks and events for the coming year has been published and is available here.
The Museum in The Old Chapel, Butts Road is now closed until April 2019, when it will re-open with new exhibitions. Details here.
Chiseldon Station Information Board
The Information Board has now been installed near Oakleys Spar, after a ‘grand unveiling’, on June 16th by Eric Shaw, attended by a number of villagers. It was made possible by grants from Chiseldon Parish Council and the Calley Memorial Hall Fund.
Talk & Tours
Chiseldon Camp trained thousands of British, American and Commonwealth troops in both World Wars. David Bailey, author of two books on the camp, gives an occasional talk and tour of the site.
'The People in the Church'
Indiscretions, a duel, violence, dodgy dealing, royalty, tragic deaths, gallantry - all these in the stories behind some of the family monuments in Holy Cross Church!
The next Talk and Tour will be published here.