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.


My alter ego

Thanks to Gwen Davies for the suggestion of 'Characters'. Click on image to enlarge and view caption.

January 2017 - go to end for some new characters (after the gallery and 'booksellers')

Heard of The Bookseller of Kabul? Well here we have the booksellers and associated characters of Bath and north-west Wiltshire:

Alan, when not driving a steam engine on the West Somerset Railway or charging around the country on one of his powerful bikes or captaining his steam-powered boat, can be found leafing through the bountiful stock of The Titfield Thunderbolt in Larkhall
Tara, the Bath Big Issue seller at her regular pitch outside Waitrose in April 2015. You will find Tara here most days from morning til night - she doesn't half put in a shift.

Tara was born in Hannover in 1983 to an army couple; she has a younger sister. Her dad was a captain in the REME; her mum died when Tara was twelve.They lived in Hannover until 1987 when they moved to Hong Kong for a year.

Thence to Katmandu for two years where they had a nanny called Nani! They also had a manservant Mani who was Nani's husband (Nani and Mani!). Tara recalls going on an elephant safari for her birthday and always seeing cows in the road. Thailand followed for a year where Tara remembers the family going on a boat safari. Her mum used to teach adults shorthand in villages. She also recalls seeing people who had had their limbs or digits cut off. Then on to Singapore for six months where they lived on an estate.


Back to reality in dear old Blighty with a posting to Colchester (Tara was ten) followed by moves to Croscombe, Wells and Bath. However Tara was sent to boarding school, the Duke of Yorks at Dover, until age seventeen. She left with 10 GCSEs (English, German, sciences (x3), maths, food technology, IT and business) and 4 A-levels (business, IT, tourism and Spanish). She then went on to Bath Spa University to study tourism but left after six months because of drug problems.


Amazingly, Tara was selected for England shooting trials. It was necessary to have a specially-adapted support as Tara has only one arm.

Mickey of Corsham Bookshop. If you're looking for abuse, repartee or banter, Mickey's the girl.

And now, some more characters ...

Pete, of Third Eye Films fame, with the sum total of his purchases (no kidding) in Waitrose, Bath. Paying by credit card Pete?
Foggy, Compo and Cleggy in Leafy Lane on 22nd July 2019. Foggy is showing his prize-winning photo from Box Flower Show's competition.
A whinge drinking session at the Larkhall Inn on 26th January 2024 with Steve, T, Alan and Simon
Print | Sitemap
© Paul Turner