Wootton Bassett One Hundred Years Ago is the ultimate guide to the history of the town and its surrounding countryside during the post-Edwardian era. The series comprises three volumes: ‘The Great War’, ‘The Town’, and ‘The Country’, which together form the much extended and improved successor to my 2014 book ‘Wootton Bassett in the Great War’. I have more than doubled the research in the original book – which is why it has had to be split into three!
Volume one: ‘The Great War’ begins with a Roll of Honour for the fallen heroes of Wootton Bassett, Hook, Lydiard Tregoze, Tockenham, and Brinkworth. It tells the story of the area throughout the war years, with reference to local regiments, recruitment, nursing, volunteer activity, employment, German prisoners of war, Belgian refugees, remembrance, war memorials, and much more. Finally a useful appendix and last names index acts as a resource for the subsequent books in the series.
Volume two is ‘The Town’. Every house and business in the old part of the town has been researched, including the High Street, Sparrow Lane, New Road, Beamans Lane, Cemetery Lane, Station Road, Old Court, Rope Yard, Church Street, Victory Row, The Barton, Wood Street, and Coxstalls. There are many fascinating stories to discover, including the stories of those who served in the Great War, and those who lost their lives.
Volume three, ‘The Country’, is in preparation. It will cover Stoneover Lane, Nore Marsh, Woodshaw, Marlborough Road to Goldborough, Bincknoll, Cotmarsh, Coped Hall, Swindon Road, Flaxlands, Greenhill (Lydiard Millicent), Hook, Marsh Farm, Spittleborough, Hay Lane, Basset Down, Lydiard Tregoze, Bath Road, Crossways and Whitehill, Hunts Mill, Vastern, Greenhill, Little Park and Breach Lane, Black Dog, Tockenham, Tockenham Wick, Tockenham Cross Roads, West Tockenham, Greenway, Bushton, Preston, and Ballards Ash. Some houses and farms in Mannington, Toothill, Broad Town, Thornhill, Callow Hill and Brinkworth have been included but they are not as comprehensive.