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Dens of Satan

NIGHTWALKERS AND POOR LABOURERS A return visit by an expert archivist with extensive knowledge of local historical documents and what they can tell us.Maintaining Order and Social Justice in 17th century Wiltshire.Speaker: STEVE HOBBS   Admission £4.00 non-members,...

Remembering John Atyeo

During our societies various interviews with those Dilton residents who have had a long association with the village, the name of John Atyeo was mentioned more than once. As a resident of a mere 18 years I had no knowledge of either his connection with Dilton or his...

Dilton Marsh’s January News 2020

The society, as readers will note, are joining the hedgehogs this month, rolling up in a ball and waiting for February. We will then awake on Friday, February 22nd to welcome Steve Hobbs who has agreed to give the rendition of “Dens of Satun, Nightwalkers and Poor...

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...

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...

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,...

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 “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...

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...

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 objects that...

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...

Ruth Seelig

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

Alison Irving

I went on the dig at the village primary and what a lovely day we had. each class came out in turn, including reception and they were very enthusiastic helping and asking lots of questions. And everyone was very excited because almost as soon as we started an old coin...

Owen & Margaret

We both wanted to say how much we enjoyed being part of the Dig for Dilton archaeology project this summer. Being from outside the village it has been a real pleasure for us to see the true extent of the community involvement generated by the scheme. All good wishes...

Selma Lavender

It was a sunny April day for one of the first test pit to be dug. Nothing exceptional was uncovered just more of the17C onwards whenever I dig my garden, but a very enjoyable day with lots of helpers and visitors.

Svetlana Bykova

Archaeology has been an interest of mine since I was a child and I feel very privileged to be a part of Dilton Marsh’s History Society. The finds from our archaeological digs help us to fit new pieces into the Dilton Marsh historical puzzle. It’s been  great fun and...

Eileen Noble

Between March and August this year we were welcomed to dig at sixteen varied locations within the Dilton Marsh area. We managed a total of twenty one test pits. Those owners who were unable to dig were all very interested and involved in finding out about the whole...