Category Archives: Wiltshire

Friday Bench: Westmead

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Friday Bench: Old Maudy

A suitable post for Friday the 13th?

Here’s aΒ selection of benches from Chippenham station for us to view whilst I try and decide which one (if any) was the bench Old Maudy used to sit on.

I devised a ghost walk for Pewsham Belles WI this week and the railway station was our initial meeting place plus the spot for our first ghostly tale.

More on Old Maudy to come after I’ve distilled our walk and the tales we told into an interactive map.

Friday Bench: At Foxham Horse Show

An improvised set of benches fashioned from some of the items used for the show jumping classes at FoxhamΒ Horse Show last weekend.

Unusually for a country show, most of the seating being used were the hundreds of horses entered for the various classes held in 9 show rings on the day.

Lined up, the jump components are reminiscent of nearby Maud Heath’s Causeway at Kellaways, which I drove past on the way to the showground.

Friday Bench: Herman Miller

I visited the Herman Miller factory in Melksham last week – purveyor of top quality design-led office furniture. They hosted a tour as part of Heritage Open Days.

The building’s architecture is pretty amazing – a long-term partnership the company has had with Nicholas Grimshaw, who’s designed all their facilities in Bath and Chippenham as well as this one.

Examples of their furniture are found all round the office, so they were a natural to feature for a Friday Bench today πŸ˜‰

Whilst there I realised:

  1. the site is where my uncle Gerald did his national service in the RAF
  2. I’ve sat on and used Herman Miller furniture in my previous day job.

I’m amazed to think a global brand is made so close to home. The chairs we sat on in the meeting room were so comfortable, I want one!

It was a fascinating visit and tour.