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Date Question Asked: Monday 4th July 2011 10:07
I have heard it suggested that the name Beaman's Lane, in Wootton Bassett, used to be Bearman's, referring to a performing bear. Is this purely anecdotal?

Date Question Asked: Monday 4th July 2011 10:07
I recently came across the following notice in the Salisbury Times of 27th January 1933, under the heading 'Wooton Bassett Flitch Trial': “At a flitch trial held at Wootton Bassett last week, Mr E.C. Fielder was judge and Mr H. Dale, Clerk of the Court: there were also four barristers, all in legal attire. Dr J.M. Ross was foreman of the jury of bachelors and spinsters. Upon the long table in front of the judge were the flitch, two hams, two pieces of bacon and a p[ork pie]. Five claimants were ushered in by the ushers ... and the Sergeant .... The awards were as follow: 1: Mr and Mrs Carter; 2: ... Street; 3: ... Woodward; 4: .... Parsons; 5: ... Hawkins”. So, if you will pardon my ignorance, what was that all about? Clearly it was an award to married couples, and taken seriously if barristers were prepared to be in attendance, but what else? Was it a Wiltshire custom?

Date Question Asked: Monday 4th July 2011 10:03
Can you tell me the origin of the name of the inn, Sally Pussey's Inn, located just off Junction 16 of the M4 on the Swindon to Wootton Bassett road please? Was she a local lady, as the inn sign has her sat with her dog?

Date Question Asked: Monday 4th July 2011 10:03
Where are the Wootton Bassett Mud Springs and what has caused this phenomenon?

Date Question Asked: Monday 4th July 2011 10:03
I am seeking information on the Turnpike Road between Marlborough and Wootton Bassett, and in particular tolls that were charged: where the tolls were charged, how much, when did charging commence and under what circumstances.

Date Question Asked: Monday 4th July 2011 10:03
I'm researching my 3xg.grandfather James DRAKE, who was the schoolmaster at Wootton Bassett Free School (according to the 1841/1851 census records) and (listed in the 1849 Post Office Directory for Wootton Bassett ) the Hallkeeper at the Market Hall/Town Hall and the Clerk to the Secretary. Do you have any records pertaining to his tenure at the time?

Date Question Asked: Monday 4th July 2011 10:03
I was wondering if you have any information on the Wootten Bassett spa as it was in the 19th century. I would appreciate any help you can offer.

Date Question Asked: Monday 12th December 2005 14:40
I wish to find out about the Waggon and Horses pub in Wootton Bassett.

Date Question Asked: Monday 27th June 2005 15:08
Is there a definative guide to burgage plots in Wootton Bassett - I live on the Rope Yard and would like to know if my garden is one and if so what it means today

Date Question Asked: Thursday 12th August 2004 15:35
I am looking to obtain a copy of the Charter for Wootton Bassett. Could you tell me if it is available on line or in book form and from where I could get said copy.

Date Question Asked: Tuesday 21st October 2003 10:51
I live in Templars Firs:I'm told the name results from John Templar who planted the trees in the small wood here:Is this true and if so for what original purpose.

Date Question Asked: Wednesday 16th July 2003 16:09
Was there a pond at the bottom of High Street hill in Wootton Bassett, and if so when was it filled in?

Date Question Asked: Tuesday 15th July 2003 18:51
Did the “Row de Dow” path in Wootton Bassett lead to Malmesbury Abbey, and if so what route did it take?

Date Question Asked: Saturday 3rd May 2003 10:50
My three times great grandfather lived at Coped Hall in Woootton Bassett. Could you tell me something about this house please.

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