New book on the Long family


From Cheryl Nicol:

I thought the readers of the South Wraxall news blog might be interested in my new book on the Long family, just published.

Inheriting the Earth: The Long family’s 500 year reign in Wiltshire
Publisher: Hobnob Press
Available from Amazon and other online booksellers



Described by the BBC in 2011 (The Country House Revealed) as ‘one of the most powerful dynasties in England’, the Long family of Wiltshire derived enormous power and prestige from land ownership.

Ambitious and power-hungry, they became Wiltshire’s administrative and political backbone, taking a prominent role throughout the turbulent reigns of the Tudors and Stuarts.

 ‘Trusty and welbeloved’ by Henry VIII, the early knights in the family were rewarded handsomely for their loyalty.  But there was no love lost between Charles I and Sir Walter Long, imprisoned in the Tower for his role in the most infamous event in Parliament’s history.

The Longs endured despite a family curse, a bitter feud, murder, civil war, treasonous plots and the biggest scandal of the Georgian era. One hundred years later their empire was little more than a crumbling ruin.

Spanning five centuries, more than a dozen monarchs and a revolution in land ownership, Inheriting the Earth explores the forces and characters that shaped a once powerful family.

You can find more details about the book here.

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South Wraxall Village Hall Annual Quiz: Saturday 12th November

From Liz Jones:

Once again the best night you’ll ever have in the Village Hall is on a Saturday in November. Featuring Mark Caroe and Chris Jones as your quizmasters and Liz on pasties, pudding and pints. Please come along at 7:30pm for an 8pm start.

Entry is £10 per person to include food and a paying bar is open all evening. Teams of six or thereabouts and all money raised goes to the Village Hall.

NOTE: This is not the date shown in the recent newsletter – we had to change it!

Please call contact Liz on 07810 884400 or


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Missing black tom cat

From Paul Ranford:

Our black tom cat called Jerry has gone missing, he is very vocal and friendly, if anybody has any news on him, can they please call Paul on 07525649726. (Lower Village).

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Harvest festival at St. James’s church, 18th Setpember

From Jean Atkin:

We are holding an informal service of Harvest Thanksgiving on Sunday 18th September at 10:00am at St. James’s church.

Gifts of produce and the proceeds from the collection will be donated to Alabaré, a charity which supports vulnerable, homeless and marginalised people.

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Stray black labrador?

From Philippa Bruce:

We have had many knocks at the door of Avenue Lodge over the last 2 weeks asking us if we’ve lost our dog. There is a black labrador roaming around the village, it has no name tag. I have seen it yesterday on the main road and agin this morning. This dog will get run over if its owners don’t take charge of the situation. I am very concerned for its safety . Does anyone know any thing about it? (

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Village Hall User Guide now available

A new Village Hall User Guide has been written. You can download it in PDF format here or from the Village Hall page on this site.

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Village breakfast raises over £500

From Jean Atkin:

We raised the amazing sum of £518 (after expenses) at our breakfast on Sunday 11th September. Thank you to everyone who came to eat breakfast and donated so generously. We are grateful for the gift of eggs and black pudding and for the offers of help to wash up.

We look forward to seeing you at our next breakfast on Sunday 30th October.

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