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.


Walks in the Time of Covid i encompassed two walks over the weekend 6/7th March 2021. The first, on a still, overcast, cold Saturday was a litter-picking walk compensating for the Covid 'ban' on organised litter picks by Wiltshire Council (our monthly, organised, 'Rudloe Wombles' pick should have taken place on the Sunday). The second, on a bright but still cold day took in Westwells, Moor Green and Neston. The title photograph shows Jaggards from right of way CORM53 twixt Moor Green and Neston.

A cold, still, overcast day in March and the Bradford Road verge still has the appearance of winter
Nature oversees the slow degredation of the fallen ash trunk in the Bradford Road. Unfortunately, nature can do nothing in the face of the 7.5 metre high, steel-clad monstrosity of the supposed Science Park which now blights the landscape here.
One of a number of clumps of Italian Arum Lily (Arum italicum) on the Bradford Road verge adjacent to Rudloe Estate
Three-cornered garlic is beginning to sprout in one of the many patches at the brow of Box Hill
A 'back route' into Fiveways Industrial Estate from the Bradford Road
St Peter's Chapel at the ex-RAF Rudloe Manor No 2 Site in Westwells Road
The old Post Office, now a BT Openreach exchange, in Westwells Road
An interesting plot, recently sold along with its neighbouring derelict house - Moor Green
The delicate white blossom of blackthorn is the first to appear in early spring - this specimen at Moor Green
Moor Green from right of way CORM53 with what looks like the remains of sunflowers (?) in the foreground
Overmoor Farm from right of way CORM53
And now, Overmoor Farm from right of way CORM52 (Neston-Jaggards Lane)
Ivy, moss, cleavers and dry stone wall in Jaggards Lane
Modern tumuli in Jaggards Lane. This stretch of the lane suffers from flooding (see photo in Localities/Westwells) - I guess that the channels between the tumuli enable drainage.
Winter colour in Jaggards Lane provided by ivy and dogwood (possibly - red stalks)
Not sure of the current status of Norman King's restored allotments for recovering drug addicts and alcoholics in Jaggards Lane but they appear to be well-kept and there's a lot of activity
A quiet Bradford Road close to Rudloe Fiveways with some signs of spring. Winter colour and wildlife habitat reduced by the severing of the ivy (by whom I wonder) on the ash at right.
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