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


Does anyone remember the girls school which was called Greenacres on Curzon Street? It is now Springfields, I believe. It was a home office approved school in the 1950's and 1960's and girls from all over the country were sent there. Some of the staff were local people; is there anyone still around with memories of Greenacres?

At the back of this photograph is Calne Free Church and just in front is "Wiltshires" the grocery shop.  My father William John Cook worked there for many years.  I can see him now neatly wrapping parcels in brown paper and tying them up with string.  Amongst the many items sold here were large tins of broken biscuits and I have (...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 was born in the White Horse pub in Calne in 1952, at No 1 Wood Street. My grandparents, Alec and Dorothy Poole, were landlords at the time. I loved to stay there as a very small child and my room was a cosy room in the attic with a window to the street. They had a budgie called Joey and a dog whose name escapes my (...Read full memory)

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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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