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Pewsey Heritage Centre - Publications

Pewsey Heritage Centre has a number of publications for sale at the museum. Here are brief introductions to some of the publications you may wish to purchase during your visit.

Please click on the publication you wish to learn more about to read a brief introduction:

The War Diaries of Marjorie Nicholls
>Pewsey Through the Ages
>Pewsey Gleanings
>Domesday in Pewsey and the Surrounding Area
>A Few Facts Concerning the Parish of Pewsey in the County of Wilts
>Take a stroll around .....Pewsey

The War Diaries of Marjorie Nicholls

This booklet is a very personal view of the war and how it did and did not affect an intelligent but unmarried middle class country lady living with her father in a Wiltshire village, dependent largely on gossip and the radio for information. It shows a side of the wartime life not normally seen or heard.

Roger Pope, a local historian, writes:

"Miss Nicholls, who was for many years our neighbour in Pewsey High Street, was a person of rare talent and understanding. A pre-war student at Kings College, London not itself a common experience in those days, Marjorie Nicholls possessed a remarkable ability for written communication.

Marjorie Nicholls appeared to be a very private person, but she was a part of the community in a way that few people will ever be because she was able to see right into its heart. And, although she appeared to be very self contained, the need to be part of the community comes out in the inscription that she wrote at the beginning of the second book the words of John Donne:"

"No man is an island intire of itselfe, every man is a peece of the Continent, a part of the Maine."

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Pewsey Through the Ages

This small booklet gives a brief resumé of the history from its foundation as a Saxon settlement to its status today as a 4000 person major Wiltshire village. It is written in anecdotal style, and is about six thousand words long. It is a re-print of one originally compiled by Pat Beresford, in 1993.

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Pewsey Gleanings

'Gleanings' were originally the bits of corn left by the reapers in the fields, and were collected up by those who came into the fields after the reapers had left. It has come to mean bits of information which individually may not mean very much, but together represents something useful and or interesting.

The articles in this booklet were written by several different authors, and can perhaps be considered as a pen montage which also gives a glimpse of Village life in an earlier time and evokes memories of buildings, such as the Gas Works, which have now gone, or which, like the Work House, have since changed their use. Most of the articles were first published in Pewsey Vale Local History Society Newsletters.

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Domesday in Pewsey and the Surrounding Area

This small booklet, written by Derek Jacobs, a leading member of Pewsey Local History Society, gives a brief resumé of the information relating to Pewsey in the Domesday book. This was the great survey of all England south of the rivers Ribble and Tees, excluding London and Winchester, compiled in 1086 on the orders of William the Conqueror. Information is divided by county, major landowner, manor and tenure. A brief note on the derivation of land area measurement is also included.

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A Few Facts Concerning the Parish of Pewsey in the County of Wilts

Collected by Bertrand P. Buveries M.A., Rector, 1890.

This book is a reprint of Canon Bouverie's original, privately published work. It is generally agreed by the cognoscenti to be one of the most ludicrously written parish histories ever to see the light of day, but it achieved a surprisingly wide circulation, large, it is suspected, by mentioning in the book everybody who might have two shillings to rub together to purchase it. Copies of the original occasionally still turn up in second hand bookshops and the like. Canon Bouverie was a scion of a wealthy landed family, and he bestrode Pewsey and most of its local business for many years - a committee was not worth its name if Canon Bouverie was not a member. His book makes him to be rather pompous and patronising, but that was probably the way of people in his position.

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Take a stroll around .....Pewsey

Pewsey's residents have for long enjoyed local historian Roger Pope's guided walks through Pewsey.

This well illustrated guide, pocket sized and spiral bound, derived from a script of one such walk, gives you the opportunity to share their experiences and benefit from Roger's knowledge and love of Pewsey.

The additional walks A,B and C described below extend a little way beyond the village.

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