The Chronicles of a Courtier
A History of Stanton Court, Wiltshire
What do PG Wodehouse, a descendant of Horatio Nelson, the Women’s Auxiliary Air Force and members of the royal family have in common? All, as this fascinating history makes clear, are connected to Stanton Court in Wiltshire. Written by the Georgian rectory’s current inhabitant, the book interweaves local history with the pursuits and fortunes of a host of colourful characters. Period photographs vividly evoke the look and atmosphere of the house and its gardens.
If I Did It... I Don't Remember
Salisbury's Edwardian Murder Mystery or Who Killed Teddy Haskell
On 31 October 1908, 12 year-old Teddy Haskell was brutally murdered in his own home in Fisherton, a suburb of Salisbury. The case attracted international media attention for months, but remains unsolved more than a century later. This meticulously documented account of the investigation brings new evidence together with inquest and trial transcripts, photographs of the crime scene and the personal thoughts of the detective in charge.
The Wiltshire Cotswolds
Exploring Historic Wiltshire 3
With their undulating landscape sheltering old churches and cottages of honey-coloured stone, the Cotswolds are one of the best-loved corners of England. Few, however, are aware that they extend beyond Gloucestershire into northwest Wiltshire. Combining history, archaeology, biography, landscape and architecture, this illustrated guide unlocks some of the region's best-kept secrets, from Cricklade in the north to Bradford-on-Avon in the south.
Devizes and Central Wiltshire
Wiltshire: A History of its Landscape and People 2
The second part of Chandler's county history of Wiltshire covers 42 parishes, from Bromham, Seend and Erlestoke in the west to Wootton Rivers in the north-east and Netheravon in the south, including Devizes, Pewsey and Pewsey Vale. Conceived as 'prelude perhaps to an afternoon's exploring, or a handy compendium on any Wiltshire bookshelf', Chandler's historical essays are accompanied by Ordnance Survey maps from the 1890s and illustrations by Michael Charlton.
An Exceptional Woman
The Writings of Heather Tanner
Heather Tanner (1903–1993) is best remembered as an environmental campaigner and the author of four exquisite books about Wiltshire and its countryside, illustrated by her husband, the artist Robin Tanner. This selection of her work, chosen by her friend Rosemary Devonald, draws on unpublished essays, letters and poems to offer new insight into the life of this remarkable woman, and into the ways and customs of a bygone rural society. Slightly off-mint.
Mr Benett of Wiltshire
The Life of a County Member of Parliament, 1773–1852
Architect, writer, farmer and statesman, John Benett was a pioneer of agricultural reform and a fiercely independent politician through the turbulent years of the early 19th century. Vilified by Cobbett and Hunt, injured during the machine-breaking riots of 1830, he was more than a match for his opponents, whether debating the Reform Bill in Parliament or busying himself on his Wiltshire estate. Drawing on hitherto untapped sources, this painstaking and sympathetic biography offers a long-overdue reassessment of an extraordinary man.