Love Local Calne – Day 1

By Anita Jaynes on 3 October, 2020

For the next week (Saturday 3rd October – Friday 9th October) we’re celebrating Calne, as part of our 15 week #LoveLocalWilts campaign.

About Calne

Calne is an ancient Wiltshire town and its thought to have had a Roman station. It was the site of a palace or castle for the Kings of Wessex although nothing remains today. In the Norman survey the town was named Cauna, and is spoken of as being a place with royal connections. 

The woollen cloth manufacture, formerly an important part of the trade of Calne, is no longer carried on. Some of the factories are converted into flour-mills. 

Did you know?

Calne is the home of Wiltshire Cure for ham/bacon. There’s a number of interesting ancient buildings and there’s a variety of markets throughout the year keeping the focus on being a market town alive today. 

Spotlight on indie business Family Wise

Family Wise situated at 19 High Street, is an independent family history and heir tracing business set up by Kirsty Gray in 2012. Kirsty has over 15 years research experience and has her foot in many genealogical doors around the world. Her involvement with family history began at age 7. Kirsty took up genealogy professionally while training to be a teacher in 2002. Family Wise has conducted research for individuals, solicitors, academics and companies worldwide. Whether you’re starting out with researching your family tree or have been looking into it for awhile, Family Wise can help you uncover your ancestry. 

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Love Local Calne is part of The Business Exchange’s Love Local Wiltshire campaign (#LoveLocalWilts). Over the next 15 weeks we are encouraging people to buy local, explore Wiltshire’s amazing towns and city and support the many independents which make this area so unique. Follow the campaign on social media #LoveLocalWilts.