Calne Heritage Centre: Reopening 2 June 2021

  The Trustees being aware of the necessary restraints due to the covid-19 pandemic have formally decided to re-open the centre on Wednesday 2nd June at 10.00am until 4.00pm. The stewards will operate every Wednesday to Saturday from 10.00am until 4.00pm during the summer and late autumn unless the government guidelines show a different approach. Please note the centre will be closed every Sunday- Monday-Tuesday. Necessary precautions and restrictions will apply to visitors, that restricts no more than 6 people entering at one time, and those entering the building must wear a mask (unless unable medically) to sanitise and to note the social distancing rules and to follow a one way system through the main entrance and leaving through the passageway toward the heritage car park. Tony Trotman Chairman of the Heritage Centre Trustees. mob ; 07816830873

From Horsebrook Mill to the Argentinian Pampas

Thomas Large Henly was always full of big, entrepreneurial ideas, which rarely came to fruition because they were too ambitious. He was born in 1826, the son of Abraham Henly, a prosperous Calne wine merchant. Abraham was born in Lyneham in 1788 and married Sarah Stiles of Whitley, Melksham in 1809. His father, Jacob Henly was then living in Lickhill House, the recent home of Patsy Crampton. When his father died Abraham let Lickhill House because he was trading as a wine merchant from premises next to Highlands House. He was Mayor in 1849 and a JP. He moved back into Lickhill House but traded from several different premises during 1840s- Silver Street, London Road – listed in trade directories. He died in 1852. He and Sarah had 10 children of whom Thomas Large Henly was the youngest but one. Large was his grandmother’s maiden name. Thomas married Catherine Baily, daughter of Benjamin Bodman Baily, grain merchant of Berhills Farm and in 1849 while working at the Trevano paper mill at

Glebe Farm and the Harris Factory

Glebe Farm is a grade II listedbuilding in the village of Stanton St. Quintin, which lies halfway between Chippenham and Malmesbury. The House is believed to be the oldest building in the village, possibly as early as 1582. Although work was done on the house in the 18 th and 19 th Centuries, enough of the original structure survives to make it an excellent example of early English vernacular architecture. Last year the owner of the house, Martin Robins, wrote to Calne Heritage Centre because he thought we would be interested to know that the wall around his front garden was built from stone reclaimed from the demolition of the C&T Harris factory in Calne. We have kept in touch since then and Martin sends us photos and snippets of information now and then.   Here is the story of Martin’s wall in his own words. “Originally in front of the house there was a natural stone wall constructed from ashlar [sawn block] stone about 2ft high. Sitting on the wall were railings but war-t