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 Mead Tea Gardens appears to have been a much-loved institution in Batheaston for fifty years yet yours truly had not heard of it until walking the back roads of Batheaston on 23rd July 2018. From its marvellous website Mead Tea Gardens it seems that this is very much my loss; so many memories, so many tributes.

The title, east Bath, of this webpage may appear a bit odd but as these wanders, over two days, took in Bathampton, Bathford, Batheaston, St Catherine's and beyond (towards The Rocks) it was the best this bear could come up with.

Bathampton Down from the water meadows on 22nd July 2018
Bannerdown from the railway crossing close to Bathampton Junction on 22nd July 2018
Bathford village and Bathford Hill (Browne's Folly) from the railway crossing close to Bathampton Junction
Thistles gone to seed, ragwort and the view to Bannerdown from the railway crossing close to Bathampton Junction
Solsbury Hill from the southern approach to Batheaston
Buddleia, with poplars beyond, on the riverbank on this southern approach to Batheaston (there were many poplars here until the chainsaws came)
The former North End Inn at Batheaston. I came here once on a Monday lunchtime - it was closed. So I never did sample its delights.
Quite an edifice at Batheaston with what looks like a vulture (or maybe a dodo) above the pediment
Batheaston's 'Pound' - the plaque says 'Restored by the Batheaston Society 1973'
Continuing towards St Catherine's we find what looks like an emaciated horse chestnut
On the road to St Catherine's. A fabulous spot away from the noise of the 21st-century .
View from the St Catherine's lane (Ramscombe Lane or Leigh Lane?) across St Catherine's Valley towards The Rocks
Another view east across St Catherine's Valley from St Catherine's lane/Ramscombe Lane/Leigh Lane, close to St Catherine's Court
Here's the distant view of St Catherine's Court again with a magnificent lime just across the road
St Catherine's Court was bought by a Russian oligarch some years ago and he's rarely here. Perhaps we should adopt the Danish principle of limiting or outlawing purchase by foreigners for investment. Is housing an investment or somewhere to live?
The flower 'litter' from the lime tree opposite St Catherine's Court and the view to Bannerdown
The caretaker's cottage at St Catherine's Court from the churchyard
These three (one at left) came charging across the field bleating (to me, not to my companion); they must have known I was a veggie
Gurt comfrey plants (or maybe not) in the Oakford Lane verge
Horsetail with hazel at left and oak (I think) behind in Oakford Lane
Horsetail and meadowsweet (see the flowers above the horsetail) in Oakford Lane
The horsetail and meadowsweet again
Those mysterious, tall plants in Oakford Lane
Coming back down Oakford Lane now (retracing steps is usually frowned upon but this was the least of three evils)
Evening views from Ramscombe Lane - I
Evening views from Ramscombe Lane - II
Evening views from Ramscombe Lane - III
Evening views from Ramscombe Lane - IV
Back to civilisation ... and a barney in the fish and chip shop between the owner's son (perhaps) and a quite obnoxious customer
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