News & Events

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...

‪Ale House to Public House – Fri 23 November

Mike Marshman will be giving the November talk. Covering: Public House names and their meanings, Brewing  and Gin and Beer Acts covering the period Middle Ages up to 17th Century. Mike Marshman was with the Wiltshire Library service for 50 years and is regarded as...

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.

The “A Village at War “ CDs

The "A Village at War “ CDs are now available from Graham Noble and are free of charge. This of course will be on a first come first served basis, I am available on g.rc.noble at btintetrnet.com and phone contact is 01373 859770. CDs will also be available at our next...

The Dig Goes On

We are now back "Digging Holes" or should we say "Test Pits" in the pursuit of future evidence relating to the historical development of Dilton Marsh. Our most recent dig took place on Saturday 22nd September in Stormore, Dilton Marsh and will shortly be followed by...

Somerset had a Coalfield

Dr Nick Hall "Chair of Somerset Coalfield Life at Radstock Museum", has agreed to give a talk on 12th October. This will be at Fairfield College, at 7.30 pm. Costs will be as usual. £4 for non members and £2 for members. P.S. Annual membership costs £7 and if taken at...

The Search for “The Pelham Arms” in Old Dilton

We are searching for the “Pelham Arms” public house in Old Dilton. I'm talking with someone this afternoon who may possibly have information regarding the "The Pelham Arms" public house in Old Dilton. We have asked Historical Archaeological Experts, who have access to...

Heritage Lottery Fund

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...

Pat Wheatley

As a relative newcomer to this area I have thoroughly enjoyed getting to know more about the history of Dilton Marsh by putting amateur archaeology skills into practice and making new friends in the process. I particularly enjoyed finding evidence of neolithic...

Roger Vercoe

With much development in towns and villages it isn’t always easy to understand our heritage. The “Digging for Dilton” project gave those who took part an idea of the social history of previous generations, by effectively “looking through the tarmac” at...

Pat Nowell

A fascinating and informative time spent on the “Digging for Dilton “ project. Archaeologists always on hand to explain our finds. Mine were usually 21st C ; others had more luck!

Ruth Seelig

I enjoyed the anticipation of what we might find, whether we found anything or not. It was great fun.