October 2019 - Discover Stourton before Stourhead

October 2019 - Discover Stourton before Stourhead

In this issue

Find out what came before Stourhead; meet Major Victoria Flood, only the second ever female to command the King's Troop; archaeologists are uncovering internationally-significant discoveries during excavations ahead of the Army Basing Programme; discover the Top 10 Marlborough LitFest picks; the challenges and joys of making quality wine at Maud Heath Vineyard; crochet queen Emma Leith talks about her inspiring upbringing and the Peacock Arts Trail; 20 successful years of the Wessex Chalk Stream Project; chair of the Wiltshire Community Foundation, Ashley Truluck recalls a life full of boy's own adventures; Celebrate Voice takes centre stage; Calne is putting itself on the tourist map; highlights from this year's Salisbury LitFest; we find out what it takes to give the Alton Barnes White Horse a facelift; The Early Early Christmas Fair returns; a tale of three Winterslows; eating out at the White Horse Inn, Compton Bassett, and garden jobs for October.

From the editor

There are always stories to tell, that is what I love about Wiltshire and this magazine, and often they seem to come from nowhere. Well, maybe not nowhere. RE Foster's recent biography of Sydney Herbert certainly didn't come out of the blue, but the subject matter was one I was unfamiliar with, which is in part one of the reasons/needs for the work. Once described as 'one of the most worthy Wiltshiremen who ever lived', Herbert's story really needed telling. It is fascinating and of national importance, and I am very pleased we have been able to publish this feature. Bridges are everywhere. We pay so little attention to them, with the odd exception, that they seem to blend in with their surroundings. But they each have a history and play a part in our own histories. Chris Cole's three-part series begins this month and I, for one, really enjoyed reading their stories emerge from our fields, rivers and streams, and am looking forward to the next instalments. Also inside, you will find your free Independent Schools Guide, full of inspiring educational stories. Finally, it's October and what better way to get into the autumnal spirit (ahem) then by taking a look at some of the county's spookiest drinking haunts (couldn't resist). Enjoy.