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                  John Holmes           fl         TRADITIONALLY BUILT FAMILY HOMES
       NQ JP                                         FOR THE MORE INDIVIDUAL FAMILY.

      GROUND FLOOR              FIRST FLOOR
      • Organs                  •  Guitars
      •  Pianos                 •  Drums
      •  Keyboards              •  Amplification
      •  Hi-Fl Equipment        •  Home Recording
      •  Video                  •  Synthesisers
      •  Compact Discs          •  School Recordert
      •  Cassette Recorders     •  flutes
                                • Clarinets
      • 1,000s Of Musical Albums
                          21 -22 FARINGOON RD. S'MNDON
                             Hoed Office (0793) 34095
         Were helping a lot of people make beautiful music
                                                     Unless you're particular about the
            ST. PETER'S R.C. CHURCH                design of houses you want to live in,   OAKLEAZE, WEST SWINDON.
       CARRONBRIDGE ROAD, EASTLEAZE                choosey about the surroundings and   Oakleaze is an excellent development of
                                                   views, fussy about the standard of   3 and 4 bedroom luxury detached
                   SUMMER                          quality and decor, then you probably   homes equipped to a high specification
              GARDEN FETE                          won't appreciate the unique designs   from around £60,000. Showhome
                                                                                   opening soon. Contact the Spinney
                                                   of Bradley Homes.
           SAT. 20th JUNE, 2pm                       If however you and your family are   Sales Office (0793) 870185 or Head
                                                                                       Office (0793) 613242.
                                                   looking for something a little more
       Stalls include: Cakes, Books, Bric-A-Brac,
                                                   individual, we suggest you make
       Nearly New, Fancy Goods, Sweets, Home       Bradley Homes compulsory viewing.
       Produce, Tombola, Toys, Refreshments          Plan a visit today.
       and many others.                                                            Bdky Homes
                                                                                      Built onl}aditicii
       Main attractions: Dog  Show and Fancy
                   	                               Prices correct at time of going to press.   Bradley Homes, Okos, Swindon, Wilts SN1 4JJ, 1& (0793) 613242.
       Dress Parade.
   LINK TO THE PAST                                                                    KILN PARK WORKS
                                  THE LAST FARM IN WEST SWINDON -                     People who use the footpath
       by Nick Digby                                                                  between Grange Park and the
                                                  WICK FARM
                                                                                      telephone exchange close to
    Sitting on the end of Shaw                             West Swindon. Wick remains of   Oliver Tomkins school might
    Ridge, overlooking the Purton                          interest due to the continuity it   be interested to know why tem-
    Road is Wick Farm, the last                            represents, the well preserved   porary fencing has appeared
    working farm in West Swindon.                          earthworks of a medieval   along its entire length.
    The fields are still put to pasture                    settlement in association with   The path skirts round the Kiln
    for cattle, just as they have been                     the existing farm, a successor to   Park open space which is desig-
    for 500 years. The landscape of                        nearly 1000 years of farming   nated as a site of special archae-
    ancient hedgerows and green                            from this spot and all preserved   ological significance because of
    pasture is about to vanish                             in the physical manuscript of the   the Roman kilns found beneath
    forever.                       Wick Farm circa. 1200   ground, which many may now   it. This means the park has to
     Wick is of ancient origin.                            appreciate when walking along   be left un-developed with play
    There was a settlement there by pattern. The farm itself had  Wick Lane in the summer   equipment or extensive planting.
   1235 when a Knight held 'La acquired its present layout with  sunshine!
                                                                                      However, over the summer, work
    Wik'. A 'John de Wyk' existed in most buildings occupying their                   is taking place to smooth out the
   1343 and another John Wyk, present positions.            What is to happen to Wick   site before it is grass seeded in

    perhaps a son, in 1412. Some   Wick lies on an ancient  Farm? In the July Link we look at   the autumn. The fencing has been
   signs of their farming activities trackway, preserved today in  possible uses for the old   put up to separate footpath users
    remain in the form of ridge and Wick Lane, the broad hedged  farmhouse and the land which   from the machinery used for the
    furrow, an indicator of arable way leading from Shaw (now a  surrounds it.        work.
    farming in the medieval period, cycle path), along which Wick is
   while some or even many of the still approached today. It may
   platforms around the existing have been a previous route of                          BOROUGH OF
   buildings may date to this Hay Lane that now runs along   VACANCY                    THAMESDOWN   rT
   period. These would have acted the bottom of the valley
   as dry areas on which farm separating Wick from Lydiard   CARETAKER/CLEANER
                                                             Required approximately 16 hours per week at the Shaw Village
   buildings could have been built.  	                       Community Centre, a temporary building recently installed at the
                                 The brick farmhouse is a
     By the mid-sixteenth century,  	                        Shaw Village Centre to serve the local residents needs until the
   the Medieval farming system had Listed Building, an attractive   purpose built centre is constructed.
   broken down and was replaced stone-roofed structure facing   The rate of pay is £2.27 per hour. 20 days annual leave pro rata.
   by the enclosed hedge fields that south-west and nestling amongst   The person appointed will be required to work various times during
                                                             the morning, afternoon, and evening from Monday to Friday according
                                               range 	of
   we see today, at which time Wick the  	present
   would have become solely a outbuildings, mostly situated to   to the booking schedules.
                                                              Application forms and further details are available from the Personnel
   pasture farm. The fields were the south and east. The     Officer, Thamesdown Borough Council,  Civic  Offices, Swindon,
   A tost certainly on the same earthworks around Wick Farm   Wiltshire SNJ 2JH. Tel: 26161 ext. 3255, to be returned by 16th June.
   layout as today, as an estate map are not unique, but they are the   We welcome applications irrespective of race, sex or disability.
       1776 shows the existing only remaining earthwork site in
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