A very big thanks to the “Heritage Lottery Fund“ for their support of “Digging for Dilton” including the creation of this website.

Their support helped promote and encourage a community spirit which has brought many people previously unknown to each other into close and supporting friendships; something that can only be good for the village as a whole.

Our website has been set up to showcase what we do and to give people access to the work we have done and continue to do. It’s a collection of the elements of what makes the society and, is varied in the information styles we have used.

We hope you find it informative and interesting. If you would like to join us, either as a member or at an event, please contact us.

News & Events

Loneliness and Covid-19

I’m writing to let you know about the launch of our exciting new project called The Lockdown Blues, which has gone live this week: https://lockdownblues.co.uk/. This is an online scrapbook to gather thoughts, experiences and reflections on loneliness, solitude and...

Dilton Marsh History Society News Update

As things stand the Dilton Marsh Local History Society are not in a position to deliver their usual range of historical presentations. We feel it only sensible to continue taking appropriate precautions against virus spread. This is not only for the safety of our...

Clay Tobacco Pipes Update

As a direct result of the society's  recent article on clay pipes we were delighted to hear form one  Dilton resident, Ruth Collins, who kindly sent  photos of a range of pipe bowls and stems found locally by one of her sons. Having sent these photos to one of our...

Clay Tobacco Pipes

As members will be aware all our group activities and talks have had to be postponed until such time as the current guidance on social distancing is changed.However this does not preclude individuals from taking part in their own research on the history of Dilton...

Postponement of Terry Bracher talk on Friday 27th March

The talk “Early Crime and Punishment” due to take place at the Dilton Memorial hall on Friday 27th March has been postponed due to latest health issues with Coronovirus.Terry has agreed to offer a return date as and when we are in a better position make alternative...

Dilton Marsh’s March News 2020

We are now looking forward to welcoming Terry Bracher giving his presentation of “Early Crime and Punishment” on Friday 27th March at the Dilton Memorial Hall 7.30 pm. Terry is an experienced archivist at the Chippenham History Centre who will no doubt have a wide...

Dilton Marsh December Report 2019

Sally Hendry gave the History Society a brilliant talk entitled "Victim or Villain”, or by the more sensational title”The Bratton Murders” , presenting the life of Rebecca Smith , found guilty of poisoning one of her children and hanged in Devizes in 1849. A sobering...

October News 2019

The history society were treated on Friday 13th September to a quite brilliant talk from Martin Brown,assistant county archaeologist on WW 1 Trench Warfare preparations.I’m sure many of us were unaware of the scale and detail that had taken place throughout the...

From Larkhill to Victory

TONIGHT 13 September 7.30PM at the MEMORIAL HALL   FROM LARKHILL TO VICTORY Martin Brown Assistant County Archaeologist will be speaking on the preparations for trench warfare in WW1. Martin has been engaged for some two years now in excavations on Salisbury Plains,...

July News

As some of you will remember we recently took a guided trip around Leighton House under the care of Andrew Field. Unfortunately at the time we had to place a limit on numbers attending and as such some members were unable to take part. The good news is that a further...

In search of the real WOLFHALL

Historian Graham Bathe has been working to establish the location of the original Wolfhall, home of the Seymour family, and frequented by Henry VIII before his marriage to Jane Seymour. Dilton Marsh Memorial Hall Friday 7th June - 7.30pm Admission £4.00 non-members,...

To End All Wars

To mark the Centenary of the Treaty of Versailles of 1919, which ended the Great War, a talk by Anthony Coutts-Britton. 7.30 pm 10th May at Dilton Memorial Hall. Entrance fee £5 on the door; BYO wine

The Westbury Workhouse

On Friday 3rd May, 7.30 pm, at the Dilton Memorial Hall, one of our new members, Sally Hendry, has agreed to give a presentation on "The Westbury Workhouse". Sally has recently produced an excellent booklet on this subject, which is available from the Westbury...

To Readers of April Parish Magazine

Apologies to readers of April magazine where I mentioned that Graham Bathe would be giving a talk on the First World War training grounds on Salisbury Plain, when it should have read Martin Brown. Martin has now agreed a date for his talk which is Friday 13th...

Leighton House

The History Society have been fortunate in securing an invitation to visit Leighton House at 10.30am on Saturday 4th May. Should you wish to take advantage of the offer then please do let Graham Noble or any committee member know. → g.rc.noble@btinternet.com → Contact...

Hot April News!

In February the History Society were treated, as expected, to a quite excellent talk from Steve Hobbs on Dilton Marsh and Westbury people through the ages. He really has been such a great example of how to encourage an interest in your local community. As some of you...

Elizabeth’s Rival

We have been successful in arranging for a talk by historical author Nicola Tallis, to take place on Friday 29th March 2019 at Fairfield Opportunity College at 7.30 pm. Nicola has agreed to introduce us to her recent publication "Elizabeth’s Rival". The tumultuous...

Mike Marshman’s Talk Review and More…

The History Society were given a most entertaining talk by Mike Marshman on Friday 25th November, at Fairfield Opportunity College, titled " Ale House to Public House". As some of you may know Mike was employed with Wiltshire Council for some 50 years,  mostly...

The Dig Goes On – 3 Nov 2018

Our team can be seen looking for finds which might support the existence of Neolithic or Iron Age activity in Dilton Marsh. No great finds to report apart from some small pottery segments which could relate to the neolithic period. We are intending to look into...

The Dig Goes On – Stormore 21 Oct 2018

The History Society members and their accompanying four legged friends can be seen searching for signs of early development in Stormore, Dilton Marsh. No great finds to date but this type of activity does keep members  in training for the Viking Hoard.