THE LITTLE BOOK OF WILTSHIRE is a compendium of fascinating information about the county, past and present. Contained within is a plethora of entertaining facts about Wiltshire’s famous and occasionally infamous men and women, its towns and countryside, history, natural history, literary, artistic and sporting achievements, agriculture, transport, industry and royal visits.
A reliable reference book and a quirky guide, this can be dipped in to time and time again to reveal something new about the people, the heritage, the secrets and the enduring fascination of the county. A remarkably engaging little book, this is essential reading for visitors and locals alike.
A reference book and a quirky guide, this can be dipped into time and time again to reveal something new about the people, the heritage, the secrets and the enduring fascination of the county. It is essential reading for visitors and locals alike.
Did You Know?
- Sir Cecil Chubb of Bemerton walked into a Salisbury auction house in 1915 and bought Lot 15, Stonehenge and surrounding 30 acres, for £6,600 as a surprise gift for his wife.
- A constable of the Wiltshire Constabulary was dismissed for carrying on a business as a Grocer and Provision Merchant and retailer of Pigs’ Offal in High Street, Castle Combe in 1919.
- A violin made from one of Winston Churchill’s cigar boxes by Avebury-born violin maker William Robinson of Plumstead was played by Yehudi Menhuin in a broadcast to America in April 1958.
- The Beatles were paid £27 10s for playing at McIllroys Ballroom, Swindon on 17 July 1962. Only 360 people turned up, disappointing as the venue could hold over 1,500.
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