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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...
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...
50 years of Conservation Areas

50 years of Conservation Areas

It is 50 years since the Civic Amenities Act 1967 introduced the concept of protecting the character of areas of historic and architectural interest by the designation of conservation areas. The concept of conservation areas was introduced in England, Wales and...
The Spackman Family

The Spackman Family

  Many of our readers may have heard of the Spackman Family. They lived in the High Street, and their property spanned Nos. 42 & 44 where we now find a hairdresser, sandwich bar, Ultra Warm, and another hair salon, opposite the Tourist/Information office....