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.


All the fun of the fair at Carter's Steam Fair in Victoria Park

10th December 2018 - for Bill Smarme's final farewell gig at The Bell, Walcot Street - see Bill's final farewell

7th October 2018 - for Bill Smarme's farewell concert at the Queen's Head, Box - see Bill Smarme's farewell

24th August 2018 - an early 1990s cultural tour of three pubs, including the Two Pigs, looking for keg beer

9th January 2016 - Bill Smarme and the Bizness and Rawhide with kazoos at The Bell, Walcot Street, Bath on 13th December 2015 - mates, real ale, comedy and Bill Smarme - English culture at its finest

Carter's Steam Fair, Victoria Park, 18th & 19th July 2015. What a fabulously English, 50s and 60s musicy, fairground organy, steamy, candyflossy, doughnuty show. I go principally for the sounds and smells but the grandkids love it and we spent a fortune. Actually we all (six of us) really enjoyed the airplane ride - the nine- and six-year-olds delighted in being able to control the height of the planes

Well it's springtime in the mountains and I'm full of mountain dew

Can't even read my catalogue like I used to do


23rd May 2015 - Gwyneth Herbert - part of the Bath International Music Festival. The rugby was good but Gwyneth was better - what a performer!

Bath Music Festival's 'Party in the City' night on 15th May 2015. Excuses, etc ... but all photos at St Michael's were taken from towards the back of the church, heavily zoomed and with no flash, hence their 'fuzziness'.

And on the way to the 'Party' I loved this poster in a London Road shop window

Bill Smarme and The Bizness


A new menu item (Art & Culture) has been brought about by a visit to The Queen’s Head in Box.


Hadn’t really appreciated culture til we chanced upon Bill Smarme and The Bizness at The Queen’s Head on St David’s Day 2014. And this wasn’t just any culture, it was and is our culture – we, West Country, Somersetshire, Wiltshire (but not Devonshire) folk.


You can keep your £100s tickets for top acts at Colstnall, Glaastonbury, the O2 Arenal etc – ethnic Twerton (apparently) musicianship at its finest and comedic art were just a short hop away down Box Hill.


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