The Book of Crudwell, A Parish Revealed, by Tony Pain
Published by Halsgrove in 2005, 160 pages. Large A4 size Hardback with Dust Jacket (N6021)
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From the front inside fly leaf: Crudwell is a charming Wiltshire village straddling the A429 from Malmesbury to the south and Cirencester in Gloucestershire to the north. The county border meets at Kemble Airfield (famous for the Red Arrows) while the Fosse Way lies on the village's western front. Early settlements are known from AD683 and over the years cottages and houses have been constructed along the main road and adjoining western approaches.
TV and radio presenter Julian Pettifer (who was born in Crudwell) recently stated that farming accounted for around 90 per cent of the local economy until the Second World War. Substantial changes, with the introduction of mechanisation have caused turnover to fall to some 2 per cent. Various commercial businesses have emerged, coupled with small developments for the benefit of the parish as a whole, bringing in a remarkable variety of social activity, of which prime examples are the 24-hour Le Mans Bike Ride and the annual Strawberry Fayre.
This book reveals unique memories of the past and present drawn from villagers and others to provide a treasure for now and the future...