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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...

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...

Early Crime and Punishment – Canceled!!!

Terry Bracher from the Wiltshire and Swindon History Centre gives an insight into how the law dealt with those who were found guilty in past centuries from documentary evidence in the county archives.   Dilton Marsh Memorial Hall Friday 27th March at 7.30pm Further...

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...

Remembering John Atyeo – English Footballer

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

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 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...

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...

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...

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,...

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 luck!...

Ruth Seelig

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

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...