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John Hanning Speke

John Hanning Speke

On the edge of a field by a dry stone wall on the Neston estate is an epitaph to John Hanning Speke. He was among the greatest British explorers of the Victorian era, whose greatest achievement was the discovery of the source of the White Nile – the holy grail of...
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Rev. George Newnham

Rev. George Newnham

Every generation has its alcohol related problems. In Victorian/ Edwardian times temperance movements emerged with the enthusiasm of religious crusades. Organisations such as the ‘Recabites’ urged Corsham people to “sign the pledge” for a life committed to abstinence....
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Septimus Kinnier

Septimus Kinnier

S.P. Kinnier (“Sep”) was born in Pickwick in 1871. A left-handed batsman, he played for Corsham during the ‘golden’ Spackman years, scoring 4919 runs and hitting five centuries. Septimus was the first of two Corsham born and trained cricketers who eventually played...
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Sir Edward Hungerford

Sir Edward Hungerford

The Hungerford family owned Farleigh Hungerford Castle, on the borders of Wiltshire and Somerset, for some 300 years. Monuments at the castle show the family’s occupation from 1369. Their position at the Royal court fluctuated with each new monarch, as was the norm....
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Arthur Hobbs

Arthur Hobbs

AJ Hobbs was born at North Bradley and for 60 years ran a saddlers, and later a cycle repair business, from his premises in the High Street (now the dental surgery opposite Alexander House). In those days it was a dark little shop, a complete clutter of old cycle...
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