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We are now open!

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Please see the photographs below to get an idea of the one-way system and procedures in place to keep everyone as safe as possible.

Calne Heritage Centre: Reopening 2 June 2021

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  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

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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