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Organ Defaulter

I recently came across this from the vestry minutes: 1827 List of subscribers and the amount raised for the purpose of purchasing an organ for the church: names and amounts give. Organ purchased of Mr. James Firby of Chelsea. Costs of organ and associated installation works. £81 7s. 1d. T.B. N. Baskerville, Lord of this […]

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Gunner CE Westall

We’ve come across a newspaper article giving more detail of how Gunner Westall died. We have put a full transcription on his Roll of Honour page.

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Walkabout Quiz Answers

Here are the answers to the questions in the walkabout quiz… There were two teams who got 96, so an official winner was drawn from the hat, they and the runners up have been notified.    

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New Content : Michael Read’s Record of Village Benches

We are pleased to tell you that we have now put online Michael Read’s record of village benches and their inscriptions. We would like to thank him for sharing it with us and ll the effort he put into creating it. On the menus it’s under Village History, and can be viewed by following this […]

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Website Reorganisation

We have made a few changes to where things are located on the website. We introduced a new top level page “Records” which is the parent to all pages which present historical records, what remains under “Village History” are historical narratives & presentations. The menus have been adjusted to match this arrangement. “Aldbourne Digital Monuments […]

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“Paddy Gilligan – Royal Jockey” now Online

In March the Heritage Group presented the fourth of its 2021 series of online talks over Zoom – Terry Gilligan told us about the exploits of his grandfather Paddy, who was a well-known jockey in the early years of the 20th century. An edited recording of the talk has now been published here on our […]

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Littlecote, Pagans, and Emperor Julian

Julian was born in 331AD. His father was Constantine the Greats nephew, and he was emperor Constantius’ cousin. Born into Christian family, whilst growing up he avoided purges within the family and buried himself in study, professing no interest in politics, gaining a reputation as brilliant student. He secretly coverted from Christianity to paganism under […]

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New Acquisition – Robert Wells 5 Bell Belfry Set

This is a set of 5 Robert Wells bells mounted in a belfry for use on a heavy horse or cart. We already have a number of 4 bell sets, but aset of 5 bells is something we had not seen before. Having bought them from that online auction site and arranged for a courier […]

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New Acquisition – Two New Testaments Celebrating Peace after WWI

  One of these was listed on eBay, and we bought it for a small fee given the village link, then we were offered the other by the seller. They were given to Fred and Arthur Foster in 1919. Wtih some research and asking around we now know that the boys father was killed in […]

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New Acquisition – Doctor Who Magazine

Not everything we acquire is old, sometimes there are current items that will be of more interest as time goes by. This copy of the magazine documents, across four pages with photographs, the return of Katy Manning in the village very nearly 50 years after the filming in 1971. With the anniversary this year there […]

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