Focus on… Codford Local History Society

The Codford Local History Society was founded in 2003 and the Society meets about seven times per year, usually in the Codford Village Hall.

Codford is well known for its association with ANZAC soldiers during WWI, their presence marked by the Rising Sun badge on the hillside of ‘Misery Hill’ and at the Commonwealth War Graves Commission cemetery, the second largest ANZAC war grave in the country. In 2013 the Society received an £18,800 grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund towards a project to mark the centenary of the First World War, launched at the House of Commons. The Society conducted some fascinating research to discover the legacy of the camps on local people, medical services, politics, sport, recreation and crime.

 

Codford in the early 20th century, courtesy of the Wiltshire & Swindon History Centre (P55171)

Projects currently being undertaken by the Society include work to record the graffiti in St Mary’s and St Peter’s churches, Codford, under the guidance of Tony Hack for the Wiltshire Digital Recording Project, its aim to help understand how the past can be interpreted through medieval graffiti.

A new publication by the Society’s archivist, Sally Thompson, ‘Wiltshire Almshouses and their Founders’, is a gazetteer of known surviving and lost almshouses, and brief biographies of their founders.

The society welcomes new members. Please contact Alec Thomson on 01985 850339 or  homecloseatcodford@gmail.com

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