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


Having been a resident of Calne from 1944 to 1962, I often walked across this little bridge, mainly on the way to the recreation ground. There used to be (and possibly still is) a plaque commemorating Dr Priestley's discovery of Oxygen in this place. I believe the pond was situated just behind Harris' factory but when I last visited the town there was a supermarket there.

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)

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)

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.

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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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