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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This really is the final farewell for this meadow at Rudloe. With this summer's heatwave, farmers are running out of feed for their livestock but farmer Payne of Colerne has so little concern that he has sold off this field for £millions. We hear through the jungle telegraph that this October (2018) will see the ripping up of Bradford Road trees and the laying down of concrete and tarmac.

This meadow, owned by farmer Payne of Colerne, will bite the dust later this year. The sloes to be found in the Bradford Road hedge, which will be ripped out, are the biggest I have seen. Harvest them for sloe gin while you can.
The last straw, well actually hay. We produce only just over 50% of our own food yet we are determined to commit harakiri (proper name seppuku) by building on tens of thousands of acres of agricultural land across the country.
Another west Corsham field lost (thanks to Monsieur Gibbons and Redcliffe) can be seen by the sight of the new house roofs/rooves in the distance. In west Corsham alone, sixty-seven acres (inc. Potley) of agricultural land are being lost to development.
Forgotten? A little tuft of grass, with ragwort, is the last reminder of this marvellous Rudloe meadow.
The old barn conversion will soon have many friends, much noise and intrusive artificial light
The view from the condemned meadow to Rudloe Estate with maple and ash in Skynet Drive (let's hope these survive)
Skynet Drive, still in a rural setting, on 24th July 2018
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