Colerne and on to West Overton

We had spent the morning on a long walk about the countryside of Corsham and decided to return to Box for lunch. On an earlier walking exploration around Box, we had noticed the elegant church tower and tiny but picturesque village of Colerne shrouded in mist across the valley. The weather having turned fine, we decided to cross the valley and explore the village. Descending the steep narrow lanes to the valley bottom, the views of Colerne were gorgeous, and we anticipated enjoying a peaceful exploration of its quiet streets. Climbing up the steep narrow lanes on the other side, we arrived to find that it was the once-monthly flea market and that there was no parking to be had anywhere near town. It was getting late and by the time we found parking it seemed a very long walk back. Already foot-weary from the morning, we returned to our cottage in Holt. The day we left Holt for West Overton, we took our last chance to visit this elusive village (check the slide show to see what we found). Occupied by a pre-Roman hill fort and by a Roman Villa, Colerne was recorded in the Domesday Book as having 28 households. Sheep rearing and cloth production dominated the economy in the 1400s and some buildings from this period remain. Other buildings ranging from the 14th through 19th centuries survive on High Street and Market Place and include the early 19th-century Post Office (closed since April 11, 2018) and church of St John the Baptist whose tower dates from the 15th century. Little commerce remains on High Street but the village still supports two pubs and Liberal and Constitutional (conservative) social clubs. Our curiosity sated, we headed off to our next cottage in the village of West Overton, Wiltshire.
A Sense of Place:  Travel, Photography, and Photo-art
by David E. Moon
© David E. Moon, 2014  All rights reserved
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Colerne and on to West Overton

We had spent the morning on a long walk about the countryside of Corsham and decided to return to Box for lunch. On an earlier walking exploration around Box, we had noticed the elegant church tower and tiny but picturesque village of Colerne shrouded in mist across the valley. The weather having turned fine, we decided to cross the valley and explore the village. Descending the steep narrow lanes to the valley bottom, the views of Colerne were gorgeous, and we anticipated enjoying a peaceful exploration of its quiet streets. Climbing up the steep narrow lanes on the other side, we arrived to find that it was the once-monthly flea market and that there was no parking to be had anywhere near town. It was getting late and by the time we found parking it seemed a very long walk back. Already foot- weary from the morning, we returned to our cottage in Holt. The day we left Holt for West Overton, we took our last chance to visit this elusive village (check the slide show to see what we found). Occupied by a pre-Roman hill fort and by a Roman Villa, Colerne was recorded in the Domesday Book as having 28 households. Sheep rearing and cloth production dominated the economy in the 1400s and some buildings from this period remain. Other buildings ranging from the 14th through 19th centuries survive on High Street and Market Place and include the early 19th-century Post Office (closed since April 11, 2018) and church of St John the Baptist whose tower dates from the 15th century. Little commerce remains on High Street but the village still supports two pubs and Liberal and Constitutional (conservative) social clubs. Our curiosity sated, we headed off to our next cottage in the village of West Overton, Wiltshire.
A Sense of Place:  Travel, Photography, and Photo-art
© David E. Moon, 2014  All rights reserved
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