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.


Chequers Farm at the foot of Chequers Hill on 28th November 2018 viewed from Corsham Park through typical winter profiles of horse chestnut and lime

The 'central' section of Corsham Park looking towards Chippenham on 28th November 2018
Two oaks and a photographer in Corsham Park on 28th November 2018
Hawthorn on the eastern side of the ditch (ha-ha) separating sections of the park
Goat willow on the eastern side of the same ditch/ha-ha
Oaks in the central section of the park - the stile into the northern/eastern section (with the dry arch) lies beyond
Looking towards Chippenham from the shade of the oaks
In the northern/eastern section of the park with Chequers Hill at left
The tyranny of the motor vehicle and the upgrade to the A350 and Chequers roundabout has brought about the blocking of the ancient (relatively) London to Bath coaching road just south of the roundabout
The stile on the Chippenham side of the A350 has been removed presumably with the intention of blocking the route with a fence

The old coaching route between London and Bath was still able, until recently, to be traversed on foot between the pineapple gates in Notton Lane and Patterdown. The route had two modern byway designations - CHIP108 on the Chippenham side of the A350 and COR122 on the Corsham side. However, with the upgrade to the A350 and the Chequers roundabout to further enable the tyranny of the motor vehicle, this route is now effectively blocked. But I still use it and propose to continue using it.


Stephen Leonard at Wiltshire Council says the following "There is no link from Chip108 onto the A350 it was stopped up in the side roads order of 6th April 1995, so it is a dead end route. There is fencing on the boundary to indicate this and to stop access on to the very busy A350 alternative route was provided CORM122 and Easton Lane".


I used this route weekly between 2009 and 2015 and I know that others used it too. The alternative route of Easton Lane offered by Wiltshire Council is a rat run and damned dangerous to walk along. The next time I use CHIP108 I will take secateurs to enable myself and others to continue walking it.

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