A very big thanks to the “Heritage Lottery Fund“ for their support of “Digging for Dilton” including the creation of this website.

Their support helped promote and encourage a community spirit which has brought many people previously unknown to each other into close and supporting friendships; something that can only be good for the village as a whole.

Our website has been set up to showcase what we do and to give people access to the work we have done and continue to do. It’s a collection of the elements of what makes the society and, is varied in the information styles we have used.

We hope you find it informative and interesting. If you would like to join us, either as a member or at an event, please contact us.

News & Events

A Blue Plaque in Memory of John Atyeo

Dilton Marsh Local History Society will be placing a Blue Plaque in memory of John Atyeo on Friday 24th September at around 6.30 pm. The location will be John’s Dilton home, which is number 60 High Street. As many of you will know John was a football player with Bristol City and still holds the...

William Bailey’s Letter to His Son in Australia

Bruce Bailey (9 921) → William Bailey’s Letter to his Son In Australia (PDF) This is a transcript of a letter written in 1847 by my 3x great-grandfather, William Bailey, and his wife, Hannah (née Hearne), of Dilton Marsh to their son, William Bailey junior. The letter details some family news and...

Short Street Roman Kilns

As Dilton Marsh History Society members will be aware, there has been little or no news to report over the past twelve months. However, I was reminded recently, by one of our members of the work by the  Bath and Camertorn Archaeological Society  on the Roman Kiln site  at Short Street, We were...

Help with my research

An update from Graham Noble. Ruth Pearce, Could you please contact Graham Noble at: g.rc.noble@btinternet.com or on 01373 859770 All the bestGraham   A MESSAGE FROM RUTHPEARCE I am writing to ask if any of your members could help with my research regarding my Great Grandparents.William...

Loneliness and Covid-19

I’m writing to let you know about the launch of our exciting new project called "The Lockdown Blues", which has gone live this week: https://lockdownblues.co.uk/. This is an online scrapbook to gather thoughts, experiences and reflections on loneliness, solitude and isolation in the South West...

Dilton Marsh History Society News Update

As things stand the Dilton Marsh Local History Society are not in a position to deliver their usual range of historical presentations. We feel it only sensible to continue taking appropriate precautions against virus spread. This is not only for the safety of our members but of course our visiting...

Clay Tobacco Pipes

As members will be aware all our group activities and talks have had to be postponed until such time as the current guidance on social distancing is changed.However this does not preclude individuals from taking part in their own research on the history of Dilton Marsh.An example of just how you...

Clay Tobacco Pipes Update

As a direct result of the society’s  recent article on clay pipes we were delighted to hear form one  Dilton resident, Ruth Collins, who kindly sent  photos of a range of pipe bowls and stems found locally by one of her sons. Having sent these photos to one of our support archaeologists, Marek J....

Postponement of Terry Bracher Talk on Friday 27th March

The talk “Early Crime and Punishment” due to take place at the Dilton Memorial hall on Friday 27th March has been postponed due to latest health issues with Coronovirus. Terry has agreed to offer a return date as and when we are in a better position make alternative arrangements.   Apologies for...

Early Crime and Punishment – Canceled!!!

Terry Bracher from the Wiltshire and Swindon History Centre gives an insight into how the law dealt with those who were found guilty in past centuries from documentary evidence in the county archives. Dilton Marsh Memorial Hall Friday 27th March at 7.30pm Further information on 01373 859770

Dilton Marsh’s March News 2020

We are now looking forward to welcoming Terry Bracher giving his presentation of “Early Crime and Punishment” on Friday 27th March at the Dilton Memorial Hall 7.30 pm. Terry is an experienced archivist at the Chippenham History Centre who will no doubt have a wide range of interesting facts on...

Remembering John Atyeo – English Footballer

During our societies various interviews with those Dilton residents who have had a long association with the village, the name of John Atyeo, English Footballer, was mentioned more than once. As a resident of a mere 18 years I had no knowledge of either his connection with Dilton Marsh or his...

Dilton Marsh’s January News 2019

The society, as readers will note, are joining the hedgehogs this month, rolling up in a ball and waiting for February. We will then awake on Friday, February 22nd to welcome Steve Hobbs who has agreed to give the rendition of “Dens of Satun, Nightwalkers and Poor Labourers(Maintaining Law and...

Dilton Marsh December Report 2019

Sally Hendry gave the History Society a brilliant talk entitled “Victim or Villain”, or by the more sensational title”The Bratton Murders” , presenting the life of Rebecca Smith , found guilty of poisoning one of her children and hanged in Devizes in 1849. A sobering account of life and times...

October News 2019

The history society were treated on Friday 13th September to a quite brilliant talk from Martin Brown,assistant county archaeologist on WW 1 Trench Warfare preparations.I’m sure many of us were unaware of the scale and detail that had taken place throughout the country to train and equip our...

July News 2019

As some of you will remember we recently took a guided trip around Leighton House under the care of Andrew Field. Unfortunately at the time we had to place a limit on numbers attending and as such some members were unable to take part. The good news is that a further visit could now be available...

From Larkhill to Victory

TONIGHT 13 September 7.30PM at the MEMORIAL HALL FROM LARKHILL TO VICTORY Martin Brown Assistant County Archaeologist will be speaking on the preparations for trench warfare in WW1. Martin has been engaged for some two years now in excavations on Salisbury Plains, exposing a range of evidence and...

InSearch of the Real WOLFHALL

Historian Graham Bathe has been working to establish the location of the original Wolfhall, home of the Seymour family, and frequented by Henry VIII before his marriage to Jane Seymour. Dilton Marsh Memorial Hall Friday 7th June – 7.30pm Admission £4.00 non-members, £2.00 members All welcome! → In...

To End All Wars

To mark the Centenary of the Treaty of Versailles of 1919, which ended the Great War, a talk by Anthony Coutts-Britton. 7.30 pm 10th May at Dilton Memorial Hall. Entrance fee £5 on the door; BYO wine.

The Westbury Workhouse

On Friday 3rd May, 7.30 pm, at the Dilton Memorial Hall, one of our new members, Sally Hendry, has agreed to give a presentation on “The Westbury Workhouse“. Sally has recently produced an excellent booklet on this subject, which is available from the Westbury Heritage Society. A section of the...

To Readers of April Parish Magazine

Apologies to readers of April magazine where I mentioned that Graham Bathe would be giving a talk on the First World War training grounds on Salisbury Plain, when it should have read Martin Brown. Martin has now agreed a date for his talk which is Friday 13th September. 7.30 pm at the Dilton...

Leighton House

The History Society have been fortunate in securing an invitation to visit Leighton House at 10.30am on Saturday 4th May. Should you wish to take advantage of the offer then please do let Graham Noble or any committee member know.→ g.rc.noble@btinternet.com→ Contact Us

Hot April News!

In February the History Society were treated, as expected, to a quite excellent talk from Steve Hobbs on Dilton Marsh and Westbury people through the ages. He really has been such a great example of how to encourage an interest in your local community. As some of you may know Steve retires at the...

Elizabeth’s Rival

We have been successful in arranging for a talk by historical author Nicola Tallis, to take place on Friday 29th March 2019 at Fairfield Opportunity College at 7.30 pm. Nicola has agreed to introduce us to her recent publication “Elizabeth’s Rival”. The tumultuous tale of “Lettice Knollys”,...

Dilton Marsh and Westbury People from the Middle Ages to the 20th Century

Steve Hobbs will be giving a talk  “Dilton and Westbury People from the Middle Ages to the 20 Century” on Friday 22nd February 2019 at the Dilton Memorial hall. 7.30 pm. Entrance fee £4 for non members and £2 for members. Annual membership costs £7 and if taken at the talk the admission fee would...

Mike Marshman’s Talk Review and More…

The History Society were given a most entertaining talk by Mike Marshman on Friday 25th November, at Fairfield Opportunity College, titled ” Ale House to Public House”. As some of you may know Mike was employed with Wiltshire Council for some 50 years,  mostly associated with their facilities. His...

Ale House to Public House – Fri 23 November

Mike Marshman will be giving the November talk. Covering: Public House names and their meanings, Brewing and Gin and Beer Acts covering the period Middle Ages up to 17th Century. Mike Marshman was with the Wiltshire Library service for 50 years and is regarded as someone with an unmatched...

The Dig Goes On – 3 Nov 2018

Our team can be seen looking for finds which might support the existence of Neolithic or Iron Age activity in Dilton Marsh.No great finds to report apart from some small pottery segments which could relate to the neolithic period.We are intending to look into further, more promising areas, in the...

The Dig Goes On – Stormore 21 Oct 2018

The History Society members and their accompanying four legged friends can be seen searching for signs of early development in Stormore, Dilton Marsh.No great finds to date but this type of activity does keep members in training for the Viking Hoard.  

The “A Village at War “ CDs

The “A Village at War “ CDs are now available from Graham Noble and are free of charge. This of course will be on a first come first served basis, I am available on g.rc.noble at btintetrnet.com and phone contact is 01373 859770. CDs will also be available at our next talk.

The Dig Goes On

We are now back “Digging Holes” or should we say “Test Pits” in the pursuit of future evidence relating to the historical development of Dilton Marsh.Our most recent dig took place on Saturday 22nd September in Stormore, Dilton Marsh and will shortly be followed by another in the same area.Find...

Somerset had a Coalfield

Dr Nick Hall “Chair of Somerset Coalfield Life at Radstock Museum”, has agreed to give a talk on 12th October. This will be at Fairfield College, at 7.30 pm. Costs will be as usual. £4 for non members and £2 for members. P.S. Annual membership costs £7 and if taken at the talk the admission fee...

Weaving Industry in Westbury and Dilton

We have now booked Memorial Hall on Friday 7th September at 7.30 pm, for talk on Weaving Industry in Westbury and Dilton to be given by David Birks, who is a Learning and Outreach Officer with Trowbridge Council.

The Search for “The Pelham Arms” in Old Dilton

We are searching for the “Pelham Arms” public house in Old Dilton. I’m talking with someone this afternoon who may possibly have information regarding the “The Pelham Arms” public house in Old Dilton. We have asked Historical Archaeological Experts, who have access to all known public houses over...

Heritage Lottery Fund

A very big thanks to the “Heritage Lottery Fund“ for their support of “Digging for Dilton” including the creation of this website. Their support helped promote and encourage a community spirit which has brought many people previously unknown to each other into close and supporting friendships;...

Eileen Noble

Between March and August this year we were welcomed to dig at sixteen varied locations within the Dilton Marsh area. We managed a total of twenty one test pits.Those owners who were unable to dig were all very interested and involved in finding out about the whole process of digging test pits....

Svetlana Bykova

Archaeology has been an interest of mine since I was a child and I feel very privileged to be a part of Dilton Marsh’s History Society. The finds from our archaeological digs help us to fit new pieces into the Dilton Marsh historical puzzle. It’s been great fun and I’m looking forward to taking...

Selma Lavender

It was a sunny April day for one of the first test pit to be dug. Nothing exceptional was uncovered just more of the17C onwards whenever I dig my garden, but a very enjoyable day with lots of helpers and visitors.

Owen & Margaret

We both wanted to say how much we enjoyed being part of the Dig for Dilton archaeology project this summer. Being from outside the village it has been a real pleasure for us to see the true extent of the community involvement generated by the scheme. All good wishes for any future plans.  

Alison Irving

I went on the dig at the village primary and what a lovely day we had. each class came out in turn, including reception and they were very enthusiastic helping and asking lots of questions.And everyone was very excited because almost as soon as we started an old coin was found. I think it was 1799...

Ruth Seelig

I enjoyed the anticipation of what we might find, whether we found anything or not. It was great fun.  Between March and August this year we were welcomed to dig at sixteen varied locations within the Dilton Marsh area. We managed a total of twenty one test pits. Those owners who were unable...

Pat Nowell

A fascinating and informative time spent on the “Digging for Dilton “ project. Archaeologists always on hand to explain our finds. Mine were usually 21st C ; others had more luck!  

Roger Vercoe

With much development in towns and villages it isn’t always easy to understand our heritage. The “Digging for Dilton” project gave those who took part an idea of the social history of previous generations, by effectively “looking through the tarmac” at objects that had once been a part of their...