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Calne, Wiltshire

Sculpture of the pigs - Calne, Wiltshire
Sculpture of the pigs - Calne, Wiltshire

The town of Calne is less than ten miles from Melksham. Historically, it was the home of Harris's - famous for their meat pies and other Wiltshire ham products but the factory is now gone. You'll find the odd reminder though.

Map locator - Calne

In the course of their updating and modernization, the town fathers of Calne have placed other statues too; you may love or hate this one, but you can't fail to notice it.

Image of the head, Calne
Image of the head, Calne

Around the back of Calne are Almeshouses from the 16th century, old churches, and a town green surrounded by houses of slightly later date - built by the merchants and traders of this old market town situated on the main (A4) London to Bristol road

Traders and Merchant houses, Calne Green
Traders and Merchant houses, Calne Green

Calne was important enough in the 1800s to warrant a branch of the Wilts and Berks Canal into the town - this long since ceased to be navigable, but a short stretch has been somewhat restored and makes a lovely evening walk.

Canal bridge, Wilts and Berks Canal, Calne
Canal bridge, Wilts and Berks Canal, Calne

The old winding hole where boats turned now makes for a quiet spot for fishermen

Canal boat turning,Calne, Wiltshire
Canal boat turning,Calne, Wiltshire

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