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Programme 2019
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Thu 16th May 2019
A Visit to Chippenham Museum
Chippenham’s story from prehistoric times to the present day, arranged by Claire Selman. (leave Church Street Car Park at 6.15 or meet outside the Museum at 7pm)

Thu 20th June 2019
A Walk Round Seend
Led by Anne Ewing. (leave Church St Car Park at 6.15 or meet at Seend Memorial Hall at 7pm)

Thu 18th July 2019
Outing to Gloucester
Further details to be announced. (Coach to leave King St Car Park at 9 15am)

Thu 19th September 2019
Illustrated Extracts
from the late Peter Brown’s Memories plus "Melksham’s Market Place 1219 – 2019”. Two presentations by the committee

Thu 17th October 2019
Ken Merrett Memorial Evening
“A history of Avoncliff” Presented by Nick MCamley

Thu 21st November 2019
AGM & Social Evening

 
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Thu 18th April 2019
The Great and Not so Good
More stories from Arno’s Vale Cemetery Presented by Alan & Jane Bambury
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Thu 21st March 2019
The Air Transport Auxiliary – unsung heroes of WW2
A return visit by one of our favourite speakers, Bill King
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Thu 21st February 2019
A Step Back in Time Village Tour
An illustrated history of Castle Combe By Carly Batten
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An evening visit to Edington Priory - Wed 20th May 2015
Guided tour given by Michael Jones
(leaving Church St Car Park at 6:30pm) £2.50

Report -

Melksham and District Historical Association

On Wednesday 20th May the Association had an evening visit to Edington Priory and enjoyed a guided tour given by Mr Michael Jones. The Priory was founded by William Edington, the Bishop of Winchester, in his home village of Edington. The Priory Church was built between 1352 and 1361. The Friends of Edington Church and Edington Music Festival were set up to raise funds for continued maintenance of the Priory.

The Priory, originally a college for priests, later became a monastery for Augustinian canons. There are claims that it was granted by Edward the Black Prince to the Brothers of Penitence. William Ayscough , the Bishop of Salisbury and confessor to Henry VI was forced to flee Salisbury during Jack Cades rebellion in 1450. Seeking refuge in the Priory he was discovered on 29th June, dragged from the High Altar and murdered in the fields outside the Priory.

Several local notables are buried there, including tombs removed from St Giles Church at Imber during the 1950’s following the evacuation of the village in 1943.

Our next visit is in the afternoon of Wednesday 17th June when we will visit the Corsham 17th century Schoolroom and Almshouses
Visitors welcome. We will leave Church Street Car Park at 1.45pm and there is a charge of £2.50.

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