The Broad Town History Book

Dr Bob Clarke and Malcolm Holland organised events to display what is known about our ancient and modern history and to gather further information about the village's history. Broad Town has been fortunate in having the enthusiasm and commitment of Bob and Malcolm - without doubt their work has been the catalyst to being able to commence this latest project to pull together and expand what has been gathered to date. It will soon become apparent to anyone reading this site that all of the professionally written research is by Dr Bob Clarke.


We thank Hazel Harris, Nigel Crocker, Ray Bourton, Roy Davey, Betty Bastin, Rupert Bastin, Marie Maull, Ken Little, Carol Townsend, Sheila Whitaker, Annette Moore, Janine and Sean Brannigan, Cliff & Sylvia Cowtan, Mike & June Broomfield, Dr Gordon Turnbull who contributed articles and photographs that have enabled this site to be created.

A special thank you to Joyce Rawlins, Carolyn Crocker, David Crocker and Richard Leppard for re-igniting enthusiasm and gathering more information.

It is an honour to share the in-depth research undertaken by Ken Hudd and AC Parker.

We are extremely fortunate to be able to share the childhood memories of Joan Thompson and her delightful poetry.

We are also fortunate to be able to share the memories of Michael Sheppard a Broad Town family and business.

This pictorial view of Broad Town's history has been brought to life by Mike Stanley's professional photography skills - thank you Mike.

We thank the Economic & Development Department at Wiltshire Council for allowing us to reproduce the maps indicating the places mentioned and Historic England for giving us permission to use their aerial photographs.


The history website is far from complete and with your help we hope to expand it in the near future. Meanwhile we welcome all additions or constructive suggestions for improving the site.

Please feel free to call Malcolm on 01793 731567 or e-mail


Broad Town History Site

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