Our Next Meeting
On Wednesday, February 20th at 7.30pm in the Church Hall, Butts Road, Chiseldon, local historian Dr Christopher Scott will be unravelling the complex story of ‘The Jacobite Rebellions’ for CLHG.
The Jacobite risings were a series of rebellions and wars in Britain and Ireland between 1688 and 1746, the best known of which were in 1715 and 1745. They aimed to return James II, the last Catholic monarch, and later his Stuart descendants, to the throne of Great Britain after he had been deposed by Parliament in 1688.
Chris specialises in making history approachable and his audiences rarely drop off! He is a retired senior manager and lecturer at New College and was the Royal Armouries' Director of Education at HM Tower of London. His nearly 40 years in re-enactment culminated in his rôle as Lord General of the Army of Parliament. He has written 10 military history books and co-founded the International Guild of Battlefield Guides. He was recently granted the Freedom of the City of London and made a liveryman of the Worshipful Company of Fletchers.
... is now due for the new year 2018 - 2019. All members are asked to fill in a Membership Form. It can be downloaded here (.pdf).
Please bring your completed form to a meeting, together with your annual subscription of £10 (cheques to Chiseldon Local History Group) or post/deliver them to:
Membership Secretary, CLHG, 27 Home Close, Chiseldon, Swindon SN4 0ND.
We can offer talks to interested groups on the village and its history, and on Chiseldon Camp. Please get in touch via the website, email or phone for more details.
Chiseldon and The Great War
CLHG has just published a new book! 'Chiseldon and The Great War' has been compiled by Elaine Jones, using material shown in the Museum over the past 4 years to commemorate the men whose names appear on the Memorial Tablet in Holy Cross Church, together with interesting details of village life, institutions and personalities from that time.
It is NOW AVAILABLE at a cost of £7.50. You can order your copy by clicking here. Or you can buy a copy at Oakleys Spar in the village.
This is a milestone on Marlborough Road near Badbury crossroads and would have read "Swindon 4 Marlborough 7". You can just make out the "W".
The road from Swindon was turnpiked in the 18th century and there were stones literally every mile. There should be others in the Parish – does anyone know of any still around?
This milestone is numbered WI MLSN07 on the www.milestonesociety.co.uk website. 05 is located near 3 Mile Clump, but 06 seems to have vanished.
Programme 2018 - 19
The programme of talks and events for the coming year has been published and is available here.
The Museum in The Old Chapel, Butts Road is now closed until April 2019, when it will re-open with new exhibitions. Details here.
Chiseldon Station Information Board
The Information Board has now been installed near Oakleys Spar, after a ‘grand unveiling’, on June 16th by Eric Shaw, attended by a number of villagers. It was made possible by grants from Chiseldon Parish Council and the Calley Memorial Hall Fund.
Talk & Tours
Chiseldon Camp trained thousands of British, American and Commonwealth troops in both World Wars. David Bailey, author of two books on the camp, gives an occasional talk and tour of the site.
'The People in the Church'
Indiscretions, a duel, violence, dodgy dealing, royalty, tragic deaths, gallantry - all these in the stories behind some of the family monuments in Holy Cross Church!
The next Talk and Tour will be published here.