Welcome to the Atworth Village website!
received the following policy message from the Police & Crime Commissioner for
Wiltshire & Swindon:
2. A little local history comes to the fore! (please scroll for the complete message)
long-term Atworth residents will remember New Mendip Engineering, and
their role in WWII in connection with the famous Spitfire aeroplane. The
company was acquired by the Dowty Group in 1948.
3. Atworth's Events Diary
All three books are available by clicking on the "look" link.
All about your Computer and All about Haupterk are also available from retail booksellers, and Amazon.
THE ATWORTH VILLAGE WEBSITE
You are now viewing the Atworth Village website, which in August 2006, replaced the original Atworth website created by Martin Beta. The onset of Social Media and the demise of the Atworth Village magazine has made village websites less significant in communities. However, one problem with Facebook and other social media systems is that posts very rapidly travel down, and then off, the visible page, so these are very very limited in ready availability. So if you have something to say, and you want it to stay in public view, a village website still has a role.
This website was created by Kenneth Spencer of KA Spencer (Software) (NB.: that business is now retired!).
The site is paid for by Kenneth, and was maintained in close co-production with the Atworth Village Magazine which Kenneth also edited and published from August 2006 to the end of 2012.
The Atworth Village website contains information on all aspects of village life in Atworth, serving all equally, not just one group, not just one organisation. If your organisation is not represented, simply use the email link below or at the foot of the page to start the process of getting your organisation onto the site.
If you live in Atworth, or have an interest in the village, then it is your site. You will find links to the various sections of the site in the scrolling pane on the left of the page. Just scroll up or down and click on the section that is of interest to you.
Please tell us what you think (email@example.com), and what you would like to see on the site.
Messaging service: As we receive a great many emails from persons who once either lived in Atworth, or had a family connection with the village, we have set up a new arrangement for simple messaging . You can leave a brief message, and residents who may regularly read this website may reply to you and provide help in answering your question. You will find the link to the Old Friends pages in the scrolling panel on the left. This service replaces the Family History link, as that can no longer be serviced.
If you are interested in Atworth from an historical
perspective, you might like to read the
Historical Note below. The note was extracted from various
communications between the website author, Kenneth Spencer and Mr David Webb of Atworth, and with others.
The Village of Atworth is situated in the west of the county of Wiltshire, approximately equidistant from the town of Melksham which is to its east, and the magnificent Georgian City of Bath, in the county of Somerset, to its west. With a population of about 1300, it lies along the A365 as it passes east from Box to Melksham.
The co-ordinates of the Atworth Clock Tower, which is Atworth's most prominent monument are: N:53°23'33.45" W:2°11'57.27" A:73m.
Although Atworth nestles in a rather idyllic rural setting (somewhat spoiled by the busy A365), it is within easy reach of the Wiltshire market towns of Devizes, Chippenham, Trowbridge, Bradford on Avon, Westbury, Warminster & Frome.
The M4 motorway can be accessed eastwards to/from London via the A350 just north of Chippenham, or westwards to/from Bristol and Cardiff via the A4 and A46 north of Bath.
The famous mapmaker and cartographer John Speed (1552 - 1629) shows Atworth
on his maps of Wiltshire. However, it appears with the name "Atford". Later, in
1773, the mapmakers Andrews and Dury, published a map of Wiltshire in which
Atworth appeared as both "Atford" and as "Attworth".
By the time the Ordnance Survey produced its first maps in the early 19th
century, the village was almost exclusively referred to as "Atworth".
ATWORTH A Little History (Atworth History Group)
The Church of St Michael Atworth A Short History (Prof WH Dowdeswell)
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