New book written as a 'love letter' to Wiltshire

New book written as a 'love letter' to Wiltshire

Published at 5:43am 28th March 2019. (Updated at 1:18pm 28th March 2019)

Today (28 March) sees the launch of a new book that shines a light on the culture, traditions and quirky stories from around Wiltshire.

Deepest Wiltshire has been written by journalists Fanny Charles and Gay Pirrie-Weir.

They spent eight months travelling around the county discovering new locations and speaking to residents to produce what they are calling a book which is 'part almanac, travel guide, recipe book and history tome with some social, artistic and cultural nuggets.'

Gay Pirrie-Weir said it's been an interesting experience:

"In a way the book has turned into a sort of a love letter to Wiltshire, because we have been amazed at the stories we found and fascinated by them."

The seven chapters look at how industry, the military, art, farming and technological development have shaped the county, with craftsmen and women, food producers, historians and artists all featured.

Deepest Wiltshire

There's also a section devoted to Darkest Wiltshire - a collection of stories that reflect on some of the less savoury incidents including murder, highway robbery and brutal punishment.

There are several personal pieces written by personalities, about what the county means to them.

There is one by actor Nigel Havers, whose inclusion only came about by accident.

Gay Pirrie-Weir explains:

"We were in The Bell in Ramsbury when our dog Pippin broke free from his lead and jumped up at a man.

It was only when I went to get him back that I realised it was Nigel Havers. Until then I didn't know he lived in Wiltshire."

There's also a whole section devoted to the military's influence on the county, from the exercises that trained thousands of men on Salisbury Plain to the closure of the ghost village of Imber and the impending arrival of hundreds more service families to Wiltshire in the near future.

Deepest Wiltshire is published by Deepest Books, and is available at bookshops, farms shops galleries and many other places across the Wiltshire.

All the proceeds from the book are being split between the Wiltshire Community Foundation, SSAFA Wiltshire and Wiltshire Air Ambulance.

For details of where to find the book go to the Deepest Books website

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