Calne, St Mary's Church c.1955

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Caption for Calne, St Mary's Church C1955: The town of Calne boasts a stunning and attractive Perpendicular church, which was funded by the once- prosperous local cloth trade. The transept north tower is said to be Perpendicular survival rather than revival, but the five-bay Norman arcade was largely rebuilt after the original crossing tower collapsed in 1638, probably onto the north and east parts of the building. The expansive setting of the church gives it the feel of a little cathedral.

An extract from Wiltshire Churches Photographic Memories.

Memories of Calne


I walked across this bridge four times every day, on my way to and from school (I used to go home for lunch). Home was Abberd Way, and the school was on the Green. I used to stop there to watch trout, and I can still recall the smell of flour from the mill. The 'pond' was actually the millrace, and a second stream joined the (...Read full memory)

Does anyone still remember the Greenacres Approved School for girls which was on Curzon Street. I believe it is now called Springfields. I was there in the 1960s and loved Calne as it was then. Although not from the area, I have never forgotten the place.

I also remember Greenacres School.My mother was the nurse there,May Wright.We lived opposite the school and during the sixties the girls occasionally babysat for my sister and I.I remember once they found my mothers wedding dress,tried it on and broke the zip!My mum and dad are still in that house and I have very fond memories of Greenacres and the adjoining farm.

I remember walking across this bridge every day on my way to school then on through the church yard and through the green.

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Caption for Calne, St Mary's Church C1955: The town of Calne boasts a stunning and attractive Perpendicular church, which was funded by the once- prosperous local cloth trade. The transept north tower is said to be Perpendicular survival rather than revival, but the five-bay Norman arcade was largely rebuilt after the original crossing tower collapsed in 1638, probably onto the north and east parts of the building. The expansive setting of the church gives it the feel of a little cathedral.

An extract from Wiltshire Churches Photographic Memories.

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