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.


Price's Quarry Hill works has been a feature of the Box industrial landscape since the 1930s. Now, in 2023, it has closed the Quarry Hill doors and shifted to the Old Stoneyard at Middlehill (effectively, behind the Northey Arms, across the railway line). The title picture is a view of the works taken in October 2017.

In the YouTube video above, we hear the familiar sound of machinery when the Quarry Hill works was in full swing

Raw material awaiting transformation into tennis balls
Sizeable rubber processing machine manufactured in the industrial North - at Iddon Bros. in Leyland, Lancashire
Tea-break on 24th October 2018
New processing machine installed
The gates are now closed and the works silent
The new works at the Old Stoneyard, Middlehill

The following .pdf file contains an interview with Derek Price, the owner of the Price of Bath, the UK’s last tennis ball manufacturer, on problem solving, the perils of retiring and bouncing back

15 minutes_WORK_WINTER_2022_PM Work.pdf
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