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In this issue we discover the lives of extraordinary people who called the county home – from Blunsdon to Borneo we uncover the life of Margaret Brooke, The Ranee of Sarawak, whose friends included Oscar Wilde and Edward Elgar; we discover the fate of Edmund Dolling of Mere, an early vaccine pioneer; author Jane Dismore explains how a Victorian scandal in Wilton broke society’s rules. Acclaimed artist Magdalena Gordon talks to Simon Heptinstall about her unusual talent for creating a traditional artistic illusion. Paralympians Louise Hunt and Chris Skelley both found success and each other through sport they talk to Gary Lawrence, how neither was going to let a disability get in their way.
From the man who refused to kill the Duke of Wellington to the judge who sentenced the pirate Captain William Kidd to hang – Clare Durham from Woolley and Wallis looks at the stories behind saleroom portraits. Discover the county’s top 10 places to dine alfresco and glorious private gardens to visit this month. Grant Berry from Yapp Brothers wine merchants heads further afield to find perfect summer rosés. We have a delicious soufflé recipe from The Potting Shed in Crudwell and Sophie Butcher shares ideas for encouraging bees into the garden throughout the month.
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