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 Cathedral (reproduced without permission at the moment from www.28dayslater.co.uk), the location of which, above ground, is to the north-east of Tunnel Inn

7th September 2015 - the extent of Clift Quarry. Below is one of a number of maps that may be found at imgur.com. I have reproduced it without permission at the moment as I can't find any contact details for Imgur. The extent of Clift Quarry is interesting - the reader may see that its northernmost branch extends under the entrance to Springfield Close, Clift Close, Highlands Close, Kidston Way, Portal Avenue, Trenchard Avenue and Park Avenue. Although I have seen another, much more detailed map (which, frustratingly, I cannot now find!) that indicated slightly less incursion under the Rudloe estates.

The reader will find a wealth of information about Box freestone mines at the Mendip Cave Registry and Archive here: Mendip Cave Registry Archive. A search under the 'Bibliography' tab for 'Box freestone' reveals scores of entries of books and articles on the subject. It is also worthwhile though to use different search 'keys' as these can produce different results; for example simply using 'tone' (the last part of 'Box freestone') will bring up a different set of results.

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