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Great to be in Melksham

Melksham Tent, West Wilts ShowWell - I enjoyed - thoroughly enjoyed - my time in Guadalajara (see blog entry and more pictures) but it's lovely to be back home in Melksham. Looking through a few pictures today for images to illustrate specific articles, I have come across all of these recent ones that I haven't published before, and give you a taste of the town and its character from the local viewpoint. My 'headline' - the welcome the town marquee gave to visitors at the recent West Wilts show.


Houses beside the brook, MelkshamMelksham is an area of gentle residential housing, with plentiful areas of open space. 200 years ago, it was the largest town for many miles, but then it was something of a quiet backwater through the Victorian era and 20th Century - but now it's growing again. Current population - around 22,000; expected to grow to around 32,000 in the next 15 years.


Well cared for bungalowAlthough many of the homes are modest, owners proudly look after their houses and gardens, and the quiet streets are ideal for more sheltered living in an area that is broadly crime free, quiet, and where there's a neighbourly sense of community too.


Brookside ParkThe Riverside Walk, Conigre Mead nature reserve, King George V's field, and the park alongside Clackett's Brook (pictured here) all enhance the spacious feeling that you'll get even just a few hundred yards from the Town Centre.


Spa HousesMelksham Is a town that dates back to the Domesday Book, and it does have its history. You'll find medieval buildings on Church Walk, you'll find an early Victorian Masonic Lodge in the town centre, you'll find a selection of different churches, and to the South of the town you'll find the Georgian "Melksham Spa"; Melksham was going to be a Spa town to rival Bath, but it didn't quite take off in the same way; these former lodging houses are now private homes, but if you're curious and ask me nicely I can show you around one of them, as I live there.


Cows, Melksham Forest / WoodrowOn the back road towards Lacock, the strip development of Woodrow lies alongside agricultural line with a variety of public footpaths and bridle ways. Some are what I describe as "doggable" (in other words, you can take a dog without having to lift it over styles and gates), others are passable but require you to have strong arms if you've got (as we have) a Greyhound / Staffordshire Bull Terrier cross with you, and others are expeditionary in their use. Here are the "come'omes" as we call them ["wait till the cows come home"] alongside a 'doggable' path in Woodrow.


Carnival"The people make the Town". That's the case with Melksham, for sure. Where I used to live, they were just about saying a grudging "Good Morning" back to me when I had lived there for 25 years, but here everyone says a cheery "Good Afternoon". Lisa kids me that a 10 minute bank run in London becomes 2 hours here. The picture... shows crowds watching the Melksham Carnival floats go by.


War memorial at Avon Rubber, MelkshamIt's known as "The Avon", or Avon Rubber. These days, it's actually Cooper Avon Tires - the town's industrial plant beside the river Avon, making rubber tyres for road and racing vehicles. Long established, employees have gone off during the major wars of the last 100 years, and some have given their lives, commemorated in this stone book of remembrance in front of the art deco 1950's building which I think houses the canteen.


237 bus - Melksham to Trowbridge via HoltMelksham has a variety of bus routes, ranging from Route 14 around the town twice an hour (the ususal service run by this unique minibus), through to the X96 bus to Bradford-on-Avon and Frome, run by the self same bus bus just once a day (and in reallity a service to get it back to its depot at night and back in again in the morning). Hourly service from Chippenham to Trowbridge and from Bath to Devizes form a cross at Melksham (and actually both routes are duplicated by two operators, both running within a few minutes of each other, on Monday through Friday). Oh - the town bus also runs a daily trip to Trowbridge, shown here!


CanalThe Kennet and Avon Canal passes near to Melksham - a few hundred yards south of the Bowerhill suburb. Passing from the Thames to the Severn, this canal formed the major transit route from east to west before the coming of the railways, but fell into dereliction by around 1950, and was closed for 40 years. It's now well and truly open again... here's a scene near Seend.


Covered seating in parkLooking around, you'll find some things in Melksham that aren't quite the things you'll find in every town ...


Well House Manor ... and you'll also find some things that are gems, but not really that unusual - such as our Well House Manor hotel - where we welcome visitors who come to do business in our town, meet the people who live there, and see some of the things we have on offer.

(written 2009-08-08, updated 2013-02-23)

 
Associated topics are indexed as below, or enter http://melksh.am/nnnn for individual articles
G100 - Well House Consultants - Introduction to Melksham
  [3932] River nearly bursting its banks in Melksham - (2012-11-23)
  [3696] Melksham government and business organisations - (2012-04-14)
  [3344] Repost - some useful pages on our site - (2011-07-04)
  [3232] Around and about Melksham in more pictures - (2011-04-05)
  [2704] A walk within without - Melksham Without - (2010-04-02)
  [2350] Ten years in Melksham - looking forward to ten more. - (2009-08-11)
  [1725] A future vision for Melksham - (2008-07-27)
  [1341] Moving to Melksham? Househunting map. - (2007-09-09)
  [866] A lazy programmer is a good programmer - (2006-09-15)
  [847] Image maps for navigation - a straightforward example - (2006-08-28)
  [676] Melksham, Wiltshire - (2006-04-08)
  [517] An occasional chance, and reducing data to manageable levels - (2005-12-04)
  [322] More maps - (2005-05-23)
  [291] Why are we no. 404 - (2005-04-25)
  [269] Free parking for short errands in Melksham - (2005-04-05)

M201 - Well House Manor - Around Melksham, Wiltshire
  [4701] Pretty at the station too - (2016-07-06)
  [4357] Seeing Christmas Coming to Melksham - (2014-12-20)
  [4169] Around and about - Melksham - (2013-09-08)
  [4151] Tell me a bit about Melksham - (2013-08-10)
  [4145] After the storm - (2013-07-29)
  [4141] My pictures of Melksham Carnival, 13th July 2013 - (2013-07-14)
  [4119] Melksham - Flower Town - (2013-06-20)
  [4084] New Pictures - Melksham Pack Horse Bridge - (2013-05-12)
  [3962] Melksham welcomes visitors - new blue plaque trail and more - (2012-12-27)
  [3960] Picture - between Lacock and Melksham - (2012-12-21)
  [3949] Melksham Spa from Woolmore Farm - (2012-12-09)
  [3944] Melksham Christmas Lights, 2012 - (2012-12-05)
  [3897] Autumn scenes from Melksham - (2012-10-16)
  [3869] How have Melksham shops changed in 60 years? - (2012-09-24)
  [3864] Guest Guide for Well House Manor and Melksham - (2012-09-18)
  [3837] Evening behind Melksham Spa - (2012-08-12)
  [3822] Town Clean - Melksham - (2012-07-29)
  [3771] Fine evening, country walk from Melksham - pictures - (2012-06-21)
  [3744] Short Web Addresses for Melksham - (2012-05-30)
  [3735] A walk around Melksham this morning. Can you place all of these? - (2012-05-17)
  [3720] Melksham ATC - freedom of the town - (2012-05-05)
  [3712] Some unpublished and historic pictures - Museum of Melksham - (2012-04-28)
  [3704] The Bowerhill Villager - a newsletter for Bowerhill, Melksham - (2012-04-22)
  [3703] A Museum for Melksham History. Open from 12th May 2012. - (2012-04-21)
  [3697] Events in Melksham - read all about them, and tell us about yours - (2012-04-15)
  [3692] Deeper than Art - An exhibition of the tattoo Canvas - Melksham - (2012-04-10)
  [3659] Welcome to Melksham - our new communities - (2012-03-18)
  [3657] Basham Festival, Melksham, early August 2012 - a welcome - (2012-03-16)
  [3656] TrainWest 2012 - 14th and 15th April, Melksham, Wiltshire - (2012-03-16)
  [3647] Along the brook - East Melksham to Melksham - (2012-03-10)
  [3646] Exploring Melksham with a film maker - (2012-03-09)
  [3644] The way of the Prioress - Melksham history pictured today - (2012-03-09)
  [3605] Snow comes to Melksham, Wiltshire - pictures - (2012-02-10)
  [3569] Images of the new year in Melksham - (2012-01-05)
  [3543] Some different pictures from Melksham - (2011-12-07)
  [3526] Melksham has a Heart - Montage picture for sale - (2011-11-20)
  [3525] Melksham has a heart - come and see the pictures. Sunday, 11 to 3, Assembly Hall - (2011-11-18)
  [3520] Quintessentially English - scenes from our Wiltshire town - (2011-11-14)
  [3507] Melksham Forward - meeting summary and pictures - (2011-11-04)
  [3502] Sunday Evening ... newest and oldest Melksham pictures - (2011-10-30)
  [3499] Images of Melksham - (2011-10-29)
  [3470] Currently pictured in Melksham - (2011-10-09)
  [3389] Plenty to do in Melksham - (2011-08-13)
  [3337] Home Grown Pigs, near Melksham Station - (2011-06-26)
  [3305] Getting away from the madding crowd - an intercontinental journey - (2011-05-27)
  [3266] Easter on the Canal - near Melksham, Wiltshire - (2011-04-26)
  [3258] Morning in Melksham - (2011-04-23)
  [3248] What have these pictures in common? - (2011-04-16)
  [3227] Her favourite store - (2011-04-02)
  [3209] Seeing Electricity Pylons near Melksham - (2011-03-21)
  [3050] Views of Melksham - November 2010 - (2010-11-13)
  [3023] Autumn walk from Bowerhill - (2010-10-31)
  [2950] Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, turns first sod in Melksham Link Canal - (2010-09-09)
  [2854] Melksham Food and Drink Fair and Town Crier Competition - (2010-07-04)
  [2829] Dauncey Gardens, Melksham - (2010-06-27)
  [2739] Melksham Scouts - (2010-04-25)
  [2716] Melksham in Pictures - (2010-04-10)
  [2708] The bull on the footpath - (2010-04-04)
  [2691] New brochures for the Melksham area - (2010-03-24)
  [2665] Early Spring walk in Melksham - (2010-03-07)
  [2588] Freddies Wood and the K and A Canal - (2010-01-17)
  [2585] Consultation in Melksham, on Melkshams future - (2010-01-17)
  [2528] Melksham Christmas Lights - (2009-12-05)
  [2497] Brown horses in Melksham - (2009-11-08)
  [2480] Pantomimes around Melksham - 2009/2010 season - (2009-10-28)
  [2349] Businesses effected by road works in Melksham - (2009-08-11)
  [2297] Standing on the corner, Melksham Carnival - (2009-07-19)
  [2262] History is not always pretty - (2009-06-30)
  [2253] Walks in and around Melksham, Wiltshire - (2009-06-21)
  [2175] Melksham in pictures - (2009-05-11)
  [2168] In honour of the photograph, I present ... a walk from Reybridge to Lacock - (2009-05-10)
  [2142] Riverside Development - (2009-04-26)
  [2066] Melksham Industrial - (2009-03-04)
  [2064] East of Melksham Countryside - (2009-03-02)
  [2043] Confidence, Customer Service and Tourism in Melksham - (2009-02-15)
  [2008] The Month Ahead - What is happening in Melksham - (2009-01-25)
  [1986] Walk to Bowerhill - (2009-01-10)
  [1977] Going round the block - (2009-01-04)
  [1928] Melksham Oak Community School, Melksham, Wiltshire - (2008-12-07)
  [1451] More PHP sample and demonstration programs - (2007-12-01)
  [1436] A little touring help during a business trip to England - (2007-11-18)
  [1368] Getting the local voice heard - (2007-09-26)
  [1360] Asda in Melksham - Welcome or not? - (2007-09-21)
  [1343] Melksham Laundrette - (2007-09-09)
  [1330] While waiting for Melksham Post Office - (2007-09-02)
  [1271] Till the cows come home - (2007-07-19)
  [1266] Party in the Park - (2007-07-14)
  [1206] Where and When - can you place the picture? - (2007-05-27)
  [1177] Sorting out for a site map - (2007-05-05)
  [1137] Wiltshire Circles - (2007-04-07)
  [1117] Newport Male Voice Choir - (2007-03-24)
  [977] Melksham and Norwich - (2006-12-10)
  [957] Improving the historic town of Melksham - (2006-11-30)
  [929] Presenting Melksham - for a weekend away in Wiltshire - (2006-11-17)
  [879] Tuesday night is party night - (2006-09-26)
  [830] Butterflies in a Wiltshire garden - (2006-08-12)
  [811] Melksham in Bloom - (2006-07-22)
  [805] Melksham Carnival Parade - (2006-07-16)
  [437] Outside of the box - (2005-09-06)


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