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 Gables, January 2012, now gone

Corsham and Box shops! And we start with a plaque in Northumberland Passage, Bath. Leslie's was the place to buy your Ben Sherman shirts in the 60s - I think I still have one.
Harry, Ben and Toby Haynes - the new Corsham butcher. Toby's website affirms the absolute importance of grass-fed beef over cereal-fed, factory-farmed animals. Factory-farming along with cereal feeding is one of the principal drivers of global warming!

Cyril - the cat about town. The, perhaps apocryphal, story is that Cyril stowed away in a Dutch flower truck and ended up at Theodora's in Corsham High Street. He used to spend quite a bit of time in Theodora's window but over recent years has spread his claws far and wide ...

Cyril spends most days curled up on one of the benches in Bernie's hairdressers but on Wednesdays, when Bernie's is closed, he goes to the Post Office. On weekday evenings, he will arrive at Church House in order to take part in choral practices and other activities. Come Sundays, he will attend morning worship, spend much of the afternoon in the church and return for evensong. On Sunday 15th May 2016, he lay between two worshippers and stayed on until around 3:30 when he went for a stroll in the churchyard.

Cyril at the Post Office. So what day is it?
Cyril in the churchyard on Tuesday 30th August 2016. His routine must have been thrown out of kilter by the bank holiday.
Cyril outside the Post Office on 5th December 2016

Corsham shops 2011-2017. Pictures are separated into six 'galleries', the sixth is the 'etc' of 'Corsham and Box shops etc'

Gallery 1

Gallery 2

Gallery 3

Gallery 4

Gallery 5

Gallery 6 - this is the (or one of the) 'etc' of 'Corsham and Box shops etc'

This is just one example, in a local supermarket, of the nonsense that pervades modern life. A jobsworth, many years back now, must have complained that supermarket announcements should replace the word "staff" by "colleague" as the person addressing and those addressed were colleagues (this came, of course, from the USA where the staff are known as 'associates'). This notice perpetuates the nonsense  - I don't have a colleague in this store ... this should say 'Just ask a member of staff'.

A conversation in Newlands Road car park is shrouded in mystery ...
The other side of the argument is slowly being revealed
Now we move on twelve years, from the galleries above, to February 2024 and the last weeks of the presence of Boots in Corsham's precinct
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