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Wiltshire Community History

Timeline for Date 1940

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Aldbourne 1940 Severe flooods in the centre of the village
Calne 1940s Stellex works opens (closed c.1990)
Chippenham 1940 About half of Chippenham's population employed in engineering, mostly at Westinghouse
Downton 1940 German landmines landed in the water meadows and on the Cross in the middle of Downton Borough.
Hullavington 1940 14th August, the airfield is the subject of a German air attack. 7 killed and 6 seriously injured airmen and damaged an aircraft hanger
Keevil 1940 Spitfire fighter planes are built in Keevil
Keevil 1940 Womens Institute formed
Melksham 1940 RAF station built at Bowerhill
Minety C.1940 A dummy aerodrome was built on The Moor, north of the Ashton Keynes road; search lights were erected in Minety Park
Ramsbury Late 1940s Board School becomes a County Primary School
Ramsbury 1940 A right to hold marriages in the Church of St. Michael at Axford granted
Sherston 1940 Local defence volunteers are called in to being by Anthony Eden
Sherston Late 1940s New silk factory established by the Plant Engineering Co. of Birmingham; Mr and Mrs Cooper become the owners of the Foresters' Arms
Westbury 1940 Two Congregational Churches reunited
Wilton 1940s Wilton Church of England Senior School becomes a secondary modern and renamed Wilton Church of England Controlled Secondary Modern School
Wootton Bassett 1940 Wootton Bassett Lake is purchased by the Parish Council



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