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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7th February 2021 and spring is sprung at the brow of Box Hill. Well not actually, it's perishing cold and due to remain cold all week. The garden received a dusting of snow last night (writing on Monday, 8th Feb). The report of this 'Covid walk' replaces the February 2021 Litter article as Wiltshire Council has advised that all organised litter picks be cancelled until ... who knows. Instead of an organised litter pick, team members will be picking up litter on their own walks and placing it in street bins or in their household bins or even sorting it (carefully) for recycling. There were quite a few fast-food polystyrene containers and a beer bottle or two on the verge opposite the entrance to Rudloe Firs which were duly despatched to a bin. As indicated, the snowdrops in the title picture are at the brow of Box Hill (with the litter about 50 metres away); the trees are sycamores (typical sycamore bark).
As far as I know, the 'original' GIVE PEAS A CHANCE slogan appeared, writ large, as graffiti on a railway bridge across the M25 near Rickmansworth. You may still see it, now weather-worn, when travelling clockwise around the M25 northern section between the M4 junction and destinations to the east (Stansted for example). Just recalled (May 2021) that there's a photo (third photo) of the bridge here: photo of Rickmansworth bridge
* The footpath from the then end of Priory Street still emerges at Fig Tree Cottage on to what was then called ‘Pickwick Street’. The footpath is colloquially known as ’Slug Alley’, previously it was called ’the Drung’ and, before that ’the Thrung’.
* This planning application is made by an entity called Care UK on land owned by William Henry Hillier Taylor of Hartham Farm. However, you will not find farmer Taylor's name on the application form - the space for 'Name of Owner' is left blank. One wonders why. Is Farmer Taylor ashamed of the fact that like other local farmers and landowners, he has relinquished his primary occupation (farming) in order to take advantage of his position as a landowner and make the best part of £1 million out of this deal. I repeat Winston Churchill's view of landowners:
'Land is by far the greatest of monopolies. Consider the enrichment which comes to the landlord who happens to own a plot of land on the outskirts or at the centre of one of our great cities. The landowner need only wait while other people work and pay taxes to make the city grow more prosperous: building businesses, installing roads and railways, paying for schools and hospitals and public amenities. All the while the land monopolist has only to sit still and watch complacently his property multiplying in value, sometimes manifold, without either effort or contribution on his part; and that is justice!'
Those of a certain age will remember that a 1930s MG sat in the window of Pickwick Motor Works for many years (decades actually). The story of that MG may be found at Sotheby's website here: https://rmsothebys.com/en/auctions/LF11/London/lots/r154-1935-mg-sa-tourer-by-charlesworth/648452
The substance of the story is repeated below:
The following gallery indicates that nothing has changed in the ditches on the road to Sheldon Corner, once clean and full of 'pond' life, in the period between my visit of February 2018 (see: Localities, Corsham, trees and ponds - Feb 2018) and the present day