March 2018 -

March 2018 -

In this issue

Spring at Stourhead is a magical time. In our March issue, we look at Stourhead’s lost treasures and a new project that will conjure up a picture of the garden as it was in the 18th century. We discover how women in Wiltshire fought for the vote, find out how the legend of Salisbury’s dancing hares has inspired new sculptures and look at some of our most eccentric buildings: follies. You can also meet Salisbury MP John Glen and actress Gwen Taylor. We travel the county too, bringing you features on magical Marlborough, Sutton Veny and the Deverills. Elsewhere, Robert Murphy looks at the how the NHS crisis is affecting the county. Finally, Wiltshire Council tells us about a scheme to plant 10,000 living tributes, and we find out why Chippenham is celebrating Alfred the Great. Enjoy!

From the editor

Reading our Stourhead feature this month conjured up an image of the gardens as they once were, complete with Chinese bridge and umbrella, Turkish tent and lost terrace. I can’t wait to visit the National Trust property to find out more. I was fascinated too, by part one of our article on how women fought for the vote in Wiltshire, and enjoyed finding out about our most curious buildings: follies. It was a pleasure to meet traditionalist Sebastian Salt too, a director of the county’s oldest family firm still based in the same premises, W. Carter and Son. Meanwhile, Salisbury’s dancing hare legend, the inspiration for new sculptures, captivated me from the start. Until next time…