Posts

From Horsebrook Mill to the Argentinian Pampas

Image
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

Image
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

Support Calne Heritage Centre #ShopLocal

Image
    For a trial period we’re offering an Order and Collect service for the following books: Calne District Solders On Sale £10 RRP £16 .99 Calne in Camera £5 Calne in Pictures £5 If you would like to order, please message us via our Facebook Page for collection information. Cash only. Collection by appointment after 5pm each evening. # ShopLocal