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

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 at greenacres approved school in 1965. Miss Goldsmith was the headmistress. Wicked woman. I worked on the farm after coming out of the classroom at 15, Mr. Hayes was the teacher a Welsh man very nice. Miss trgenza was the in charge of the farm. I became a young farmer. The girls I remember from there are. Rachel craddock, (...Read full memory)

I worked for Jo & George Thomas (George & the Dragon) at the White Hart in Calne in the 70s. I often had to run up and down between 3 bars to work them all, and sometimes helped in the hotel by cleaning. Jo would say there's only 4 or 6 sheets today Sheila so not worth putting the washing machine on (...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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