Welcome to the Rudloe and environs website.
Here you will find news, articles and photos of an area that straddles the Cotswold Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty in north-west Wiltshire.
Contributions in the form of articles or photos are welcome. Even those with completely contrary views to mine!
Thanks to the website builder 1&1 and Rob Brown for the original idea.
Rudloescene now, in January 2014, has a sister, academic rather than anarchic, website about Box history here: http://www.boxpeopleandplaces.co.uk/
It contains thoroughly professional, well-researched articles about Box and its people.
Contact rudloescene through the 'Contact' page.
A young Michael Pearce, winter 1946/7, at no 8 Southlands facing nos 21 and 23
Specific 'archives' (Box Highlands school, Rosie Feeney, Mike Pearce, Jill Harris, the Carfrae and Warren families) may now (January 2018) be found in sub-menus ('below' this one). This 'Boxfields' page, at present, duplicates all the text and photos that may be found in the 'specific' sub-menus. Please note that later (1984) 'Boxfields' images of Box Highlands School can also be found under 'Archive', 'Rudloe' as by this time the Boxfields estates had been long demolished and most of the former occupants moved to Rudloe.
August 2020 sees the publication of Rosie McNamara's book The Boxfields Bungalows which recounts the history of this largely forgotten 'village'. The book is dedicated to Johnny Feeney, Rosie's brother who was killed in a motorbike accident in April 1961. See the related article in Boxfields News in the 29th August 2020 article here: 29th August 2020 article
After reading Rosie's book, Richard Pinker had further recollections of Boxfields/Box Hill - the Box Hill Aeromodelling Club, of which he was a young member. Richard's recollections, along with photos, may be found in the following file (collated by Alan Payne):
Rosie's comments are: "I hadn’t heard about the aeromodelling club. I wouldn’t be surprised if my brother Philip went to it. He was a serious Airfix fan and I remember lots of talk about ‘balsa wood’. He was also very friendly with Eddy Edgell and he is pictured, far right, in the picture with the plane in the background. His brother Ken is on the left holding the camera."
First-year class of 1951 at Box Highlands
Back row L-R: Michael Caffery, Michael Pearce, Raymond Osbourne, Lesley Harvey (?), John Pike, Billy Maton, ?, Mike Cleverley, John Buckle, Peter Barnet (?)
Middle row L-R: ?, Robin Whittock, Roger Wales, Sue Cotter, ?, Phillip Genery, Jimmy Trainer (?), Frankie Scott
Front row L-R: Kay Cowen, ?, Heather Larkin (?), Eileen Bothwright, Lilly McCombe, Carol Booth, ?, ?, Peggy Matthews
Teacher: Mrs Geldheart
(photo courtesy of Michael Pearce)
Box Highlands class of 1952
Back row L-R: ?, ?, Tommy McCarron, ?, Barry Lewis, Boothright (?), Anthony Fry, ?, Brian Carter, Vaughan Lipscombe, David Edwards
Middle row L-R: Brian Caffrey, John O'Toole, ?, ?, Mary Marcell, Celia Coles, Kathleen Derrick, Diane Betteridge, Jill Harris, David Newell, Jimmy Trainer (?), Leon Hall, ?
Front row L-R: Carol Croker (?), ?, ?, ?, ?, Rosemary Gosling, Gwen Lewis (?), Andrea Turton, Peggy Matthews, ?
Teacher: Mrs Williams
(photo courtesy of David Edwards; names courtesy of Jill Harris)
Mark Reakes from Webb's Dairy in Corsham, who worked as a milkman for more than 50 years, shown here at Southlands, Boxfields in an image from a Box calendar of the early 1960s
Mike Pearce's recollections etc follow
AS - air-raid shelter
SCH - secondary school
CC - community centre
PG - playground
a coal yard was above the bottom-right air-raid shelter
Rent cards for 8 Southlands, Boxfields over the years
Now the recollections of Rosie McNamara (Feeney). Click on an image to enlarge and use keyboard arrow keys to navigate. For the visually challenged (like myself), full page versions of Rosie's text are further below.
Boxfields residents recalled by Rosie McNamara (Feeney)
Photos from Rosie McNamara (Feeney) follow in the form of a gallery - click on a picture to enlarge and use keyboard arrow keys to navigate. Larger versions of the photos along with text can be found below the gallery.
Johnny Feeney holding Rosie in the front garden of 41 Southlands
Johnny Feeney, aged about eight, holding Rosie in the front garden of 41 Southlands. In the background are 27 and 29 Southlands, the homes of the Welch and O'Shea families. Notice Mr Feeney's handiwork with the fence and rose arch. Also notice the mysterious, small cuboid structure to the left of the chair on top of two large stones. Anyone out there any idea what this might have been?
Billy and his family lived in Woodlands. He came from Dublin; his children were Lily, Josie, Billy, Richard and Kevin. Billy worked for the MoD as a stoker and organised coach trips to Weston-super-Mare, Weymouth, Burnham-on-Sea and the odd mystery tour. He had a brother, Christie, who lived at Rudloe.
Philip Feeney & Pauline Rees marriage
At St Patrick's, Corsham in June 1960.
Back row: Edwin Edgell, ?, Len Sainsbury, ?, Mrs Sainsbury, Vi Edgell, Doreen Clegg
Middle row (some): Johnny Feeney, Martin & Norah Carter, Mrs Kelly, Tony Rees
Front row (some): Jack Feeney, Mrs Grogan, Fr Supple, Mr Grogan, Bill & Stella Casey, Teresa Feeney, Rose Rees
Boxfields 'callers' recalled by Rosie McNamara (Feeney). Click on image to enlarge and use keyboard arrow keys to navigate.
Further memories of Box Fields (Hawthorn) may be found at the Francis Frith website here: