A record of outings 2019
by Hugh Deam
Outing to Wiltshire
Saturday 2nd March 2019

Organised by David Parks

10:30 Kington
St Michael (6) 12-1-24 in F · Wilts SN14 6JA
11:30 Folly Row Café
Kington St Michael · Wilts SN14 6JB
13:30 Langley Burrell
St Peter (6) 10cwt in G · Wilts SN15 5LY
14:30 Great Somerford
St Peter & St Paul (6) 8-0-5 in G · Wilts SN15 5JB
Kington · St Michael
Left to Right: Alison Merryweather-Clarke, Benjamin Poole, Donna Bennett, Paul Lucas, Simon King, Susan King, David Parks, Judy Kirby, Hugh Deam & Colin Taylor.
Cambridge, Buxton, St Clements, Plain Bob Minor, Stedman, St Osmund & All Saints.
Kington St Michael was first documented in AD 934, with its original affix being Minchin, denoting the priory here at that time. A rededication to St Michael took place in 1279. The village stands on a limestone outcrop and its central layout clearly gives evidence to its sheep market heritage. The church is primarily 13th century in its construction, standing on high ground overlooking what would have been the market square. The tower dates to the 18th century, with all of the bells cast by Abraham II Rudhall of Gloucester, 1726, and hung counter-clockwise.
Kington · St Michael
Folly Row Café
A superb early lunch was enjoyed at the Folly Row Café, which is situated on the High Street in Kington St Michael. Opened in 2015, the café looked after us splendidly, with everyone being thoroughly impressed with the exquisite chinaware and lovely décor as well as the food and drink. Langley Burrell See Saturday 27th April 2013 for details. Great Somerford is situated on the southern bank of the River Avon, between the limestone belt of the Cotswolds to the north and the chalklands of the Marlborough Downs to the south. The parish also includes the hamlets of Startley and Seagry Heath.
Langley Burrell · St Peter
Gt Somerford · St Peter
The allotments in the village are considered to be the first sanctioned in Britain, established in 1809 by Reverend Stephen Demainbray, vicar here at that time. Their 200th anniversary was marked in 2009 by Radio 4’s Gardeners Question Time recording an edition from here. The Grade 1 Listed 15th century parish church stands on the site of an earlier building, having been dedicated to St Michael and All Angels until late in the 19th century. The churchyard to the rear of the church slopes down to the River Avon, with the larger churchyard at the front accessed via a path that runs past the 16th century Mount House. This was originally the manorial home of the Maltravers family who were the primary landowners locally from medieval times. The date of casting of the bells stretches from the earliest in 1480 (5 – Richard Thomas) to the most recent in 1984 (Treble – Taylors). Most unusually, the fifth bell is actually heavier than the tenor.