Catherine Eden ~ a Pickwick centennial

Catherine Eden ~ a Pickwick centennial

Catherine was born in Flax Bourton, North Somerset, on 29th April 1920. She is the youngest of three sisters. She went to school in Clifton, Bristol. In 1938 she went to Somerville College, Oxford, but when war was declared in 1939 she went to work with the Land Army...

The Hell that was Corsham

The Hell that was Corsham

Now that’s a title to get your attention. Let me explain: a newspaper article and a manuscript from St. Patrick's Catholic Church archive [which was which curated last year by Cath Maloney] shed an interesting –if rather wretched -light on the initial experiences of...

Sir Michael Tippett

Sir Michael Tippett

Sir Michael Tippett, generally acknowledged to be one of our greatest contemporary composers, lived in the house known as Parkside, High Street, between 1960 and 1970. Parkside is a 17th century house, with an 18th century extension and was once the home of...

Sixty Years Ago, a disaster on Box Hill

Sixty Years Ago, a disaster on Box Hill

For many years Box Hill had 2 public houses, the ‘Quarryman’s Arms’, owned by Ushers Brewery of Trowbridge and the ‘Rising Sun’ owned by George’s Brewery of Bristol.  The ‘Rising Sun’ situated on the main A4 was a popular pub with a good skittles and darts team...

Corsham High Street project – an update

Corsham High Street project – an update

In the last issue it was reported that the Wiltshire Building Record [WBR] were intending to embark on an in depth survey of some of the houses in Corsham High Street, with a view to identifying their origins and usage throughout the ages. Representatives of Corsham...