The Villages on the Turnpike Road

Alderbury & Whaddon lie to the south east of Salisbury, east of the River Avon. They consist of two villages which have evolved into a linear development on the old turnpike road.

The Alderbury & Whaddon Local History Research Group are undertaking various projects including field archaeology, a study of the mediaeval landscape, a study of smallholdings and allotments, a study of field names, research into crime in Alderbury and the history of sport. They are also working on indexing local news stories in the local newspapers. The group has developed a historical walk map which will take you around the village, noting the historical features as you pass.

Farm workers loading wheat-sheaves onto a hay-cart at Whaddon Farm, also known as Matron’s College Farm, Alderbury c. 1907. Courtesy of the Wiltshire & Swindon History Centre, ref: P56736 and with thanks to Diana Covey

If you have any memories of memories of Aldebury & Whaddon during WWII the group would love to hear from you. Please contact them at

The group has been active in producing publications which include The Royal Observer Corps at Alderbury (2013). They are also focusing on ‘village voices’, enabling residents past and present share their memories of life in Alderbury and Whaddon, starting with  Molly’s Memories: Dairying and Dressmaking in Alderbury (2014) and recently John’s Jottings: Wheelwrights, Carpenters and Builders in Alderbury (2016).

If you are interested in joining the group please email putting Alderbury History in the subject box.

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