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.
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Trees and ponds - February 2020. The trees (and pond) in the title photos are in the field twixt the Cross Keys and the lane that leads to Sheldon Corner then on to the A420 at Allington Farm Shop. The land, as with all the other land on either side of the A4 to the north and east of Corsham is owned by the Methuen Estate. This field is tenanted to Stowell Farm. The 'dead' tree bit the dust during storm Eunice in February 2022.
As a lad, I used to walk and cycle through the lanes to the west of Chippenham (and east of Corsham). The estates to the west of the A420 end of Hungerdown Lane were just going up but it was still a country lane with, from the A420 end: a high hedge to the west (with the new estates behind), prefab estates to the east (with Sutton's shop), a brick farmhouse and orchard where the Kingfisher now stands, Frogwell Hospital beyond the farmhouse, a 'dip' in the road where Ladyfield Brook ran (and still does) with the scout hut adjacent to it, Chippenham United football ground in the area of (now) Queens Crescent, and opposite, an area of waste ground where there was previously a prefab estate (and where, during the summer holiday period, an all-night touring caravan was located supplying beverages to the holidaymakers using what was then the major route from the Midlands to the Bournemouth/Poole area) but, to the point ... the lanes beyond all this to the west (twixt Chippenham and Corsham) were quiet, nature-filled and free of litter - look at them (the Corsham end of 'Sheldon Corner Lane') now ...