Saturday 31 December 2005

Warminster, Wylye Valley And District Recorder, No. 02

Edited by Danny Howell

The Warminster, Wylye Valley And District Recorder is the collective title for a series of little booklets which bring together notes and photographs taken or collected by Danny Howell, as well as articles and illustrations gleaned from books, newspapers, magazines, out-of-print publications, scrapbooks, personal papers, parish records, directories, diaries, archives, and a host of other sources.

Included in the series are reports of special occasions, essays and lists, the results of surveys, tape-recorded and written memories, sketches and plans, plus old postcards and photographs past and present. Many have never been regaled in print before.

Some issues are devoted to a single subject, some feature a collection of articles on a theme, and other issues include an assortment of topics.

Issue by issue, the series is making a record of people and places, events and customs, providing a wealth of information accessible to readers and researchers who want to know more about Warminster, the Wylye Valley and the surrounding area.

Issue No.2 of the Warminster, Wylye Valley And District Recorder is devoted to one single item:

Warminster And Its Vicinity, A Slide-Tape Presenatation.

Back in 1980, Mr A.C. Halliday, a Warminster resident who was interested in local history and photography, compiled a slide-tape show, which he presented to local groups. On the cover of his original typed manuscript of the tape commentary, he scribbled a note to the effect that between 1980 and 22 November 1984 the show was performed 37 times, and was attended by a total number of 745 people.

Mr Halliday openly acknowledged that the slide show was a collaboration with the Warminster Camera Club. The pictures, other than those taken by himself, were credited by him to local amateur photographers including John Croad, Francis Dobson, Bill Haddow, Ron Sexty and others.

The pages in this issue of the Warminster, Wylye Valley And District Recorder, feature the pictures and the commentary, almost in its entirety; the only changes being the omission of a couple of pictures that were repetitive, and the striking out of one or two factual errors in what was the tape-recorded commentary.
Warminster, Wylye Valley And District Recorder, No.2.
Edited by Danny Howell.
Softback, 210 mm x 147 mm, 64 pages, 120 black and white photographs and illustrations.
Published by Bedeguar Books.
December 2005.
ISBN 1872818463.