Massacre in the Temple

Where the Fosse Way crosses the Broadmead Brook, beneath the tranquil valley at Nettleton Shrub lurks a secret dark and ancient. Who would guess this now peaceful conservation area was witness to successive waves of violent assault in the post-Roman era? Two teams of Archaeologists excavated the site, the first Read more…

What’s in a name?

A place’s name can tell us an awful lot about its history, including settlement patterns, landscape, agriculture, farming and commerce, language, societal hierarchies, administration, cultural attitudes, religion and regional politics. We’ve been delving in the archives to find out more about our local area. Settlements Burton: the earliest mention of Burton dates from Read more…

On Location

It’s no secret the neighbouring villages of Castle Combe, Lacock and Corsham have long been the darlings of the location scout – Dr Dolittle, War Horse, Harry Potter, Wolf Hall and Poldark are just a few films and TV series in which these locations appear, but did you know areas Read more…

The Old Rectory, Burton

The Old Rectory, Burton Author: Chris Bennett This article explores the history of The Old Rectory, formerly Nettleton Rectory, occasionally known as ‘Bryanston’, but touches also on the adjacent St. Mary’s Church and The Coach House, known to be linked to the Rectory estate.   The information was commissioned by Read more…

Stone Age Stomp

Walk: Burton – Lugbury Long Barrow Distance: approx. 6km Duration: approx. 1.5 hrs Elevation: 131m max, 92m min. Accessibility: route includes rough surfaces including deep ruts, steep bridleway, unmade paths. In wet weather expect deep muddy sections. Continuing our step back in time, we take you on a walk to Read more…