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Operation Nightingale: Digging Band of Brothers Extra Material

In May 2022 we were very happy to welcome Operation Nightingale and Breaking Ground Heritage, plus volunteer veterans and archaeologists to Aldbourne. The dig has been covered by History Hit TV (a subscription TV service specialising in history), but what folk may not know about is that they also have a YouTube presence and have […]

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Operartion Nightingale, Band of Brothers and Dog Tags

Today Operation Nightingale and History Hit TV were able to put out a press release about the two “dog tags” that were found when they came to Aldbourne on 4-11 May 2022. The full press release is here We are overjoyed to have played a part in the finding of these tags (one of our […]

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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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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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