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.


Title photo shows detail from the 'last bus at Box Highlands' photo (below)

Now let's take a trip down memory lane with some 'archive' photos, firstly Box Highlands school. Note that the Box Highlands school photos below may also be found under 'Boxfields', 'Box Highlands school'. The photos below from the early 80s are also here, under 'Rudloe', as by this time, the Boxfields prefab estates were long gone with most people having moved to Rudloe.

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 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 unidentified girl
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 im April 1984
Miss Cox supervises at a tree-planting to mark the opening of the new Box Highlands school at Rudloe - Spring 1984
Rudloe Social Club - Christmas 1997
Rudloe Club, rear view - Christmas 1997
Rudloe Club, from the playing field - Christmas 1997
Rudloe Club - January 1998
Rudloe Club - January 1998
Spring is sprung at Rudloe Club - 1999
Moonrise over Rudloe Club - Christmas 1999
Regulars at Rudloe Club in the 'good old days' - summer 1999
Bankwaters Road - May 2000
Chippenham Villa line-up for the first game of the 1969/70 season below Rudloe Estate. BR L-R Phil Collar, John Blackburn, Dave Fox, Rod Beattie, Danny Kilmurray, Phil Cooke. FR L-R: John Morrissey, yours truly, Jack Grainger, Stan Potter, Richard Ashman

Demolition of Rudloe Club - 2002 (images 1 and 3); start of work on new Community Centre - 2000 (image 2). Click on image to enlarge and view caption

Images of Rudloe FC between 1997 and 2001. Click on photo to enlarge image and view caption.

Data centres en route to Spring Quarry - November 2011. Click on image to enlarge and view caption

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