Our Next Meeting
... is on Wednesday, November 21st at 7.30 pm in the Church Hall, Butts Road, Chiseldon SN4 0NJ. It will feature a talk by Charles Baxter on ‘The Wilton Windmill and Château Guédelon’.
Wilton Windmill is a Grade 2-listed working windmill on the southern edge of Savernake Forest. The talk will include a history of windmills, and Wilton in particular – its restoration, how it works and the life of a miller in its early years.
Guédelon is a brand-new castle in France, being built using only 13th century methods. It attracts 300,000 visitors each year and is a most extraordinary project of archaeological reconstruction.
... 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:
The 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 is about to publish 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 will be available shortly at a cost of about £7.00. You can reserve your copy by clicking here.
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.