Garraway Jones' thirty-six page book brings to life in words, pictures
and maps, the story of Great Wishford, including some of it secrets.
project started life in Great Wishford's local hostelry, The Royal
says; "I was enjoying a pint with my son and noticed on the
walls a collection of old photos and pictures of the village."
was enough to spur Tim into action and before long he was gathering
all he could find about Great Wishford's past.
Grovely, Grovely and all Grovely
Wishford Post Office and Stores
people associate the village with Oak Apple Day on May 29th, when
villagers get up in the early hours to collect oak boughs from nearby
occasion marks an ancient decree that allows residents to collect
wood from Grovely Woods; the day includes a trip to Salisbury, dancing
in the Cathedral Close, and brass band music back in the village.
Oak Apple Day is only a part of the whole Great Wishford story.
Tim's book reveals, the village has a long and ancient history.
talks of knights passing through on their way to hunt in nearby
forests and reveals the old hamlet of Grovely, complete with its
thousand years ago, Great Wishford was in the hands of the Abbess
to the Doomsday Book, the village then was no more than a hamlet
history of the village looks at how that ancient settlement eventually
grew into a thriving community.
in the book show Great Wishford's Post Office and former bakery,
the old village school and Sir Richard Grobham's Almshouses.
is the Powten Stone? Ordnance Survey map from 1901.
maps of the area reveal even more about Great Wishford's past -
including the location of the infamous Powten Stone, with its supernatural
what happened to the stone itself?
villagers says they have distant recollections of its location but
its never been found.
Garraway Jones says he tried to do as much local research as possible.
of my work was done using books and maps from Salisbury Reference
Tim spent a lot of his research time in the village, meeting local
people and hearing their stories.
spent a very pleasant morning rambling around the village talking
of the work was done up on the downs, looking at earthworks and
the woods at Grovely."
Wishford, The Making of a Wiltshire Village
is part of Tim Garraway Jones' Buildings in the Landscape
recently published a similar booklet on the lost village of Imber
up on Salisbury Plain.
latest addition to the series is available from Waterlane Books,
Fisherton Sreet, Salisbury, as well as The Royal Oak, Great Wishford
and the village's Post Office and Stores.
is priced £5.99.