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.


29th December 2021 - the photographs below depict the landscape around Rudloe on a few short walks just beyond the mid-winter festival of Saturnalia (celebrated in Rudloe). These have been designated 'Walks in the Time of Covid w' as we are now in the midst the days of worst number of cases (130,000 yesterday) since the start of the pandemic. The title photographs show Christmas light at a neighbour's house and Ashley with Bath's northern slopes beyond.

Hornbeam in Post Office Lane, Corsham on the last shopping expedition before Christmas
Meadow adjacent to Wadswick Green from the Cinder Path (this too will eventually fall prey to speculative development)
Silver birches on Paddy's Hill
The site of the Delta Rectangle Shaft (or Webb's Stores Shaft) in Boxfields Road
The slopes of Kingsdown descend to Box village in this wintry landscape
30th December 2021 - the 'landscape' version of the title photograph with Ashley in the middleground and the northern slopes of Bath beyond
Beeches on the A4 above Box Hill Motors
View north-west over the site of the pitch-roofed bungalows at Boxfields on Boxing Day
An evening view of Ashley and the northern slopes of Bath with mist above the By Brook
28th December 2021 - the evening sun on Scots pines twixt Middlehill and Jamie's Farm
With Kingsdown at left and Bannerdown at right, a bank of cloud rolls in over Bath on 28th December 2021
On the following day, 29th December, the mist has descended on the By Brook Valley - the escarpments of Kingsdown (just) and Bannerdown (at right) may be seen, with those of Bathampton Down and Lansdown beyond
Dusk at the brow of Box Hill on 29th December 2021
Juliet's Christmas lights in Pine Close on 29th December 2021
The devastation wreaked on the Rudloe Firs woodland through planning application 19/07824/WCM has spread far beyond that proposed and sanctioned in the documentation - see 31st December 2021 article at News/Rudloe/Rudloe Firs slope shaft
Wildflower seeds will be sown in the coming spring in the small meadow at Leafy Lane Playing Fields through the auspices (posh word for New Year's Eve) of owner Aaron Bewley and the Cotswold Wardens
Dog stinkhorn (Mutinus caninus) in the leaf litter below the tree line separating Leafy Lane Playing Fields and the Bewley woodland burial site
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