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.


The last day at Box Highlands in April 1984 with Anne Cleverley and tribe (see below for details)

Box Highlands School class of 1948 (photo courtesy of Richard Pinker)
Box Highlands School class of 1950 (photo courtesy of Richard Pinker)
Box Highlands School class of 1950 (photo courtesy of Richard Pinker)

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 School class of 1952 (photo courtesy of Richard Pinker)

Box Highlands class of 1952

Back row L-R: Johnnie Webster, ?, 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)

In the hall at Box Highlands: Peter Brown, Kathleen Drinkwater, Richard (break-dancing) and Anna Turner, Jo Newman and Adam Short - September 1982
Box Highlands Sports Day - summer 1981. Paul Townsend acting as steward (and shepherd) guiding Richard Turner and son Dayle over the finishing line while Margaret Carey looks on.
Box Highlands school - autumn 1983
Box Highlands school in 1984
Box Highlands from the Bradford Road in 1984
Headmaster Ron Oldale waving to the camera on the morning of the last day
Children in the upper playground before school start on the last day
In the lower playground before school start on the last day
Looking forward to the last day (note fashionable leg-warmers)
Playtime on the morning of the last day
Playtime on the morning of the last day
A couple of little devils
Playtime on the morning of the last day
Two more little devils
'Mrs Clever'. Anne Cleverley with (from left) Wayne Townsend, Kerry Miles, Richard Turner (pulling face), Luke Sheffield, Anna Turner and Tamara (Tammy)
The good old days, before PC arrived to blight our lives, when you could interact with children. No permission was sought from anyone for these pictures; no one questioned what I was doing. Then came 24-hour news and fear of our own shadows.
Miss Cox (inside of course) burning the midnight oil on the eve of the last day
The last bus at Box Highlands driven by Dusty Miller in April 1984
Miss Cox supervises at a tree-planting to mark the opening of the new Box Highlands school at Rudloe - Spring 1984
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