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NOTES ON MELKSHAM

There has been a settlement at Melksham since Saxon times, its name deriving from the old English word for milk, meoloc.

As the area has a long association with pasture and dairy farming the name is rather appropriate.

The earliest buildings to be found in the town are from the 17th century.

In 1738 a leading clothier, Henry Coulthurst, had his house and mills wrecked by weavers during a dispute over wages.

Troops were sent in to restore order and some of the rioters were tried with three being executed.

There were further riots in 1747 & 1750 and Dragoons were sent to the town on each occasion to help keep order.

Source: Wiltshire County Council.

 

LINKS TO WEB SITES RELATED TO MELKSHAM

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MELKSHAM TOWN - The official town web site.

MELKSHAM VOLLEYBALL CLUB - Their official site.

MELKSHAM COMEDY CLUB - In need of a laugh? Look no further.

MELKSHAM SWORDFISH - The local swimming club.

MELKSHAM PARK F.C. - The web site for the local under 18's football team.