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July Lecture

Next Lecture Wednesday 5 July

‘Masquerades, Music Lessons and Monkeys’

Jane Gardiner brings her delightful lecture to life on eighteenth century porcelain figures. Originally a form of table decoration, moving onto the mantelshelf and then into the china cabinet, we will meet characters from the Commedia del’Arte and the English stage, beggars and pedlars, lovers and musicians, shepherds and shepherdesses, and even the odd monkey!


Click here to see Library Books for this lecture here

Church Recorders Update


My last report indicated that NADFAS was going to print the article about the Finger and Barrel organ at Lillington together with the wonderful letter written by the Churchwardens of Lillington. – article now printed in recent Arts Society review

Recording of Glanville’s Wootton

The group finished work in November and recommenced at the beginning of April. One new member has started with us and one has left due to commitments.

We have a few things still to record – mainly the stone work, but the main part of our work now is thorough checking and research plus all the typing.

  • Some of the memorials have been moved from their original place and in so doing the incorrect Coates of Arms have been placed over the Memorials. We are now in the process, through research to match the correct Coats of Arms with the correct Memorials. Many Memorials have no writing on them at all, on others it is very unclear but with the help of the books I mentioned we are able to say what wording should be on each memorial. The heraldry specialist, John York, has now confirmed that during the restoration in 1875 the achievement of arms on two of the memorials in the tower were transposed.
  • In the Wiltshire and Swindon History Centre we have found G.R. Crickmay’s (Architect) original plans for the 1875 restoration. They clearly show how the church was prior to this time.
  • We have recorded and researched the floor tiles in the 14th century south chapel. They are 6ins square and have white slip decoration depicting: hart and huntsman with bow, arrow and dogs; shields-of-arms of England, of Eleanor of Castile, of two keys in saltire (perhaps see of Exeter); shield-of-arms of Clare, Earl of Gloucester and also tiles with foliage and griffins.

We hope to finish Glanville’s Wootton during the summer and hope to start our next Church sometime during the Summer.
Elizabeth Prichard