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2104, 2024

A road less travelled

April 21, 2024|Categories: Blog, Museum|Tags: , , , , |

by Sally Hendry Ever mapped out a journey only to find yourself distracted by a road less travelled, an interesting ruin or simply an enticing pub? Losing your way can be both frustrating and fascinating – and that is exactly the case with historical research. Whether you are searching online for your great great grandfather [...]

1501, 2024

How Slag Lane got its name

January 15, 2024|Categories: Blog, Museum|Tags: , , , , |

by Liz Argent... Westbury hit the headlines recently when it was announced that the road signs at Slag Lane were to be reinstated by Wiltshire Council. But how did it get its name in the first place? To answer that question, we need to look back at the history of the Westbury ironworks. When the [...]

1712, 2023

Christmas 1850 at Fontainville

December 17, 2023|Categories: Blog, Museum|Tags: , |

By Sally Hendry...  Decorating our Christmas trees is a favourite tradition but you might be surprised to learn that Westbury could have been one of the first places in Wiltshire where a tree was decorated for the festive season. That's all thanks to James Wilson, the founder of the Economist, and one-time Westbury MP. He lived in Fontainville House, [...]

2104, 2024

A road less travelled

April 21, 2024|Categories: Blog, Museum|Tags: , , , , |

by Sally Hendry Ever mapped out a journey only to find yourself distracted by a road less travelled, an interesting ruin or simply an enticing pub? Losing your way can be both frustrating and fascinating – and that is exactly the case with historical research. Whether you are searching online for your great great grandfather [...]

1501, 2024

How Slag Lane got its name

January 15, 2024|Categories: Blog, Museum|Tags: , , , , |

by Liz Argent... Westbury hit the headlines recently when it was announced that the road signs at Slag Lane were to be reinstated by Wiltshire Council. But how did it get its name in the first place? To answer that question, we need to look back at the history of the Westbury ironworks. When the [...]

1712, 2023

Christmas 1850 at Fontainville

December 17, 2023|Categories: Blog, Museum|Tags: , |

By Sally Hendry...  Decorating our Christmas trees is a favourite tradition but you might be surprised to learn that Westbury could have been one of the first places in Wiltshire where a tree was decorated for the festive season. That's all thanks to James Wilson, the founder of the Economist, and one-time Westbury MP. He lived in Fontainville House, [...]

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