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.
The forecast was that this day, Friday 6th November 2020, was going to be the last sunny day for a while so this provided an excuse for 'exercise'. I say 'exercise' as this was also the first day of the second Covid lockdown and we are exhorted only to leave home for essential reasons, like food shopping (this was my back-up reason - HM asked that I buy bread from the Co-op), walking the dog and exercise. This walk, via the Co-op, took me through Corsham Park to Chequers Hill which used to be part of a weekly walk taken when I was a volunteer at Wiltshire College in Chippenham. At that time, I would usually meet Bill Hadfield (there are a number of photos of Bill in the 'Characters' section of rudloescene), the chairmaker, returning from his workshop at Mynte Farm. Ironic that, given this idyllic lifestyle: working for himself, lauded for his works, walking to and from work each day across Corsham Park, that in 2013 he should die from a heart attack on this very walk, close to the Dry Arch.
The title photos show cut stone and silver birches in the yard at Lovell's Pickwick Quarry and unidentified rushes (along with a hawthorn) in the ditch that separates the 'private' and public fields of Corsham Park.
From Corsham Park: A Brief History here: Corsham Park, we find the following;
The private stretch of this path passes into Mynte Wood (planted as the northern fringe of Brown's park) and, at the point where it is crossed by a public footpath, an ornamental arch of "petrified" stone was built to allow the family and their guests to walk uninterrupted beneath the public right of way. The footpath still passes over the dry arch in the middle of the wood. It links Brown's park with the land to the north, later landscaped by Repton.