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While waiting for Melksham Post Office

"That's the longest queue I've ever seen here" said the chap outside Melkshm Post Office yesterday. It was the first of the month, it was Saturday, and it was within about an hour of lunchtime to I suppose it was no wonder that the crowd control lines were full and then the line headed out through the door and onto the street. All of which gave me an excellent opportunity to take a few pictures to update my library while I waited for my visitor to get through the queue.


The Church of St Michael and All Angels sits just behind the town, and dates back many hundreds of years. I chuckle when I see they've added "All Angels" to St Michael, as if to have an insurance policy in case Michael himself should fail them.


Melksham is proud of its Public Loos, which have won "best in the county" prizes for a number of years. Those of us who live locally probably don't know them very well - indeed, I can't recall ever being caught so short that I can't get back to the hotel or home. I suppose I should try them out sometime for the experience.


Cannon Square, again just off the town centre, is a quiet and beautiful historic triangle (but they call it "SQUARE" for some reason!) with the war memorial set in a small garden in the middle - beautifully tended as you'll find of so much of Melksham; we're a thriving town with much beauty, but a handful of eyesores too which I have chosen to miss out of this post.


Beyond the Church, you can walk through the Church Yard and on down to the Conigre Mead Nature Reserve and the Riverside walk. Although not navigable at present, the Wilts and Berks Canal Society plan to bring boats through the town - in my view, a plan to be commended but certainly a plan which has divided local opinion. To be fair, the plans are in the early days and need to be refined a little through a committee stage.


In 1800, Melksham was the largest town for many miles - much larger than Chippenham or Swindon, for example - and that means that there are many old properties. It was a Wool and Milk town in Medieval times ("Melk-Sham" = "Milk-Town") ((but see footnote below)) and there's still much to see. Here is Church Walk, still just within a hundred yards of the post office.


Melksham's a hidden gem - well worth an overnight stop on your way to the West Country ... and you may even decide to stop for the whole weekend. Here's Well House Manor - just five minutes walk from the centre, where you can stay in 3/4 acre of grounds in what are probably the best hotel rooms for miles.





Footnote. I have been challenged with regard to my comment "It was a Wool and Milk town in Medieval times ("Melk-Sham" = "Milk-Town")", and it's probable that the challenge is correct, even though the Melk DOES come from Milk. I am asked "I think it was just a wool town, with the river running through so valuable to trade that they called it their 'milk'...that was my interpretation."

My thoughts: In hindsight, it's unlikely that there was much milk export from the area at the time the name came about. Milk was probably produced locally in all areas and consumed without transport due to the perishable nature. Only when the railways came, long after place names were established, did milk become a commodity that it was practical to ship around over great distances, and that's long after place names were established. At that time, Melksham did come to have a big connection with the milk industry. Have a look at this history of Melksham page. Here's a short quote from it

.... The 20th century reversed the decline of the weaving trade as new industries developed. Engineering and tyre manufacture became increasingly important by the turn of the 20th century as did milk and dairy produce production.
 


Melksham is one of the larger Wiltshire towns and an excellent base from which to explore the Wiltshire countryside and beyond ....

(written 2007-09-02, updated 2007-09-04)

 
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M201 - Well House Manor - Around Melksham, Wiltshire
  [437] Outside of the box - (2005-09-06)
  [676] Melksham, Wiltshire - (2006-04-08)
  [805] Melksham Carnival Parade - (2006-07-16)
  [811] Melksham in Bloom - (2006-07-22)
  [830] Butterflies in a Wiltshire garden - (2006-08-12)
  [847] Image maps for navigation - a straightforward example - (2006-08-28)
  [866] A lazy programmer is a good programmer - (2006-09-15)
  [879] Tuesday night is party night - (2006-09-26)
  [929] Presenting Melksham - for a weekend away in Wiltshire - (2006-11-17)
  [957] Improving the historic town of Melksham - (2006-11-30)
  [977] Melksham and Norwich - (2006-12-10)
  [1117] Newport Male Voice Choir - (2007-03-24)
  [1137] Wiltshire Circles - (2007-04-07)
  [1177] Sorting out for a site map - (2007-05-05)
  [1206] Where and When - can you place the picture? - (2007-05-27)
  [1266] Party in the Park - (2007-07-14)
  [1271] Till the cows come home - (2007-07-19)
  [1341] Moving to Melksham? Househunting map. - (2007-09-09)
  [1343] Melksham Laundrette - (2007-09-09)
  [1360] Asda in Melksham - Welcome or not? - (2007-09-21)
  [1368] Getting the local voice heard - (2007-09-26)
  [1436] A little touring help during a business trip to England - (2007-11-18)
  [1451] More PHP sample and demonstration programs - (2007-12-01)
  [1928] Melksham Oak Community School, Melksham, Wiltshire - (2008-12-07)
  [1977] Going round the block - (2009-01-04)
  [1986] Walk to Bowerhill - (2009-01-10)
  [2008] The Month Ahead - What is happening in Melksham - (2009-01-25)
  [2043] Confidence, Customer Service and Tourism in Melksham - (2009-02-15)
  [2064] East of Melksham Countryside - (2009-03-02)
  [2066] Melksham Industrial - (2009-03-04)
  [2142] Riverside Development - (2009-04-26)
  [2168] In honour of the photograph, I present ... a walk from Reybridge to Lacock - (2009-05-10)
  [2175] Melksham in pictures - (2009-05-11)
  [2253] Walks in and around Melksham, Wiltshire - (2009-06-21)
  [2262] History is not always pretty - (2009-06-30)
  [2297] Standing on the corner, Melksham Carnival - (2009-07-19)
  [2329] Great to be in Melksham - (2009-08-08)
  [2349] Businesses effected by road works in Melksham - (2009-08-11)
  [2480] Pantomimes around Melksham - 2009/2010 season - (2009-10-28)
  [2497] Brown horses in Melksham - (2009-11-08)
  [2528] Melksham Christmas Lights - (2009-12-05)
  [2585] Consultation in Melksham, on Melkshams future - (2010-01-17)
  [2588] Freddies Wood and the K and A Canal - (2010-01-17)
  [2665] Early Spring walk in Melksham - (2010-03-07)
  [2691] New brochures for the Melksham area - (2010-03-24)
  [2708] The bull on the footpath - (2010-04-04)
  [2716] Melksham in Pictures - (2010-04-10)
  [2739] Melksham Scouts - (2010-04-25)
  [2829] Dauncey Gardens, Melksham - (2010-06-27)
  [2854] Melksham Food and Drink Fair and Town Crier Competition - (2010-07-04)
  [2950] Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, turns first sod in Melksham Link Canal - (2010-09-09)
  [3023] Autumn walk from Bowerhill - (2010-10-31)
  [3050] Views of Melksham - November 2010 - (2010-11-13)
  [3209] Seeing Electricity Pylons near Melksham - (2011-03-21)
  [3227] Her favourite store - (2011-04-02)
  [3232] Around and about Melksham in more pictures - (2011-04-05)
  [3248] What have these pictures in common? - (2011-04-16)
  [3258] Morning in Melksham - (2011-04-23)
  [3266] Easter on the Canal - near Melksham, Wiltshire - (2011-04-26)
  [3305] Getting away from the madding crowd - an intercontinental journey - (2011-05-27)
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  [3389] Plenty to do in Melksham - (2011-08-13)
  [3470] Currently pictured in Melksham - (2011-10-09)
  [3499] Images of Melksham - (2011-10-29)
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  [3507] Melksham Forward - meeting summary and pictures - (2011-11-04)
  [3520] Quintessentially English - scenes from our Wiltshire town - (2011-11-14)
  [3525] Melksham has a heart - come and see the pictures. Sunday, 11 to 3, Assembly Hall - (2011-11-18)
  [3526] Melksham has a Heart - Montage picture for sale - (2011-11-20)
  [3543] Some different pictures from Melksham - (2011-12-07)
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  [3644] The way of the Prioress - Melksham history pictured today - (2012-03-09)
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  [3657] Basham Festival, Melksham, early August 2012 - a welcome - (2012-03-16)
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  [3692] Deeper than Art - An exhibition of the tattoo Canvas - Melksham - (2012-04-10)
  [3697] Events in Melksham - read all about them, and tell us about yours - (2012-04-15)
  [3703] A Museum for Melksham History. Open from 12th May 2012. - (2012-04-21)
  [3704] The Bowerhill Villager - a newsletter for Bowerhill, Melksham - (2012-04-22)
  [3712] Some unpublished and historic pictures - Museum of Melksham - (2012-04-28)
  [3720] Melksham ATC - freedom of the town - (2012-05-05)
  [3735] A walk around Melksham this morning. Can you place all of these? - (2012-05-17)
  [3744] Short Web Addresses for Melksham - (2012-05-30)
  [3771] Fine evening, country walk from Melksham - pictures - (2012-06-21)
  [3822] Town Clean - Melksham - (2012-07-29)
  [3837] Evening behind Melksham Spa - (2012-08-12)
  [3864] Guest Guide for Well House Manor and Melksham - (2012-09-18)
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  [3949] Melksham Spa from Woolmore Farm - (2012-12-09)
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  [4141] My pictures of Melksham Carnival, 13th July 2013 - (2013-07-14)
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  [4151] Tell me a bit about Melksham - (2013-08-10)
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  [4701] Pretty at the station too - (2016-07-06)

G102 - Well House Consultants - Things to do in Melksham
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  [51] Gym and swimming - Melksham Blue Pool - (2004-09-16)
  [266] A beautiful place to live and learn - (2005-04-04)
  [298] Sharing pictures of Wiltshire - (2005-05-02)
  [305] Within about an hour - (2005-05-08)
  [312] Maud Heath - (2005-05-15)
  [325] Gone Racing - Larkhill, Wiltshire - (2005-05-26)
  [329] the Stately Homes of England - (2005-05-29)
  [342] The evening after the course - (2005-06-09)
  [344] Walk in Bath - (2005-06-11)
  [354] Ballooning from Bath - (2005-06-21)
  [488] Looking for railway groups and users - Swindon, Salisbury, Southampton - (2005-11-06)
  [500] Bowerhill, Melksham, 2006 Calendar - (2005-11-19)
  [524] Santa comes to Melksham - (2005-12-11)
  [670] Architectural Heritage - Devizes - (2006-04-04)
  [829] Where to go within 30 minutes of Melksham - (2006-08-11)
  [951] What happened at Geekmas - (2006-11-28)
  [989] Melksham Quiz - (2006-12-15)
  [1452] Santa on the train to Melksham - (2007-12-01)
  [1894] Shopping in Melksham - (2008-11-19)
  [2141] Town Crier competiton - (2009-04-25)
  [2656] Melksham Carnival - (2010-02-28)
  [3062] Melksham Carnival - getting ready for 2011 - (2010-11-20)
  [3229] Coincidence, or naturally repeating event? - (2011-04-03)
  [3230] Whaddon - near us and yet so remote from us - (2011-04-03)
  [3239] TrainWest, 2011 in pictures - Christie Miller, Bowerhill, Melksham - (2011-04-09)
  [3284] What to do in the evening during a Tcl course - (2011-05-10)
  [3531] Blowing our trumpet about Melksham - (2011-11-28)


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