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Family History Group @ Prince & Princesses Event @ Leigh Park Community Centre
Sep 23 @ 10:00 am – 2:00 pm

Are there any Princes or Princesses in your family tree?

The Westbury Family History group will be on hand to show you how you can get started in the fascinating activity. And although they won’t be able to go back to medieval times in just a few minutes, they can probably find out quite a bit about your family from names, a few dates of birth and some addresses.

No need to book, no additional charge, just walk up and ask them – the group will be in the hall during the Princes and Princesses event.

Note this event is only available to those attending the Princes, Princesses, Nights & Damsels event.


Julian Orbach talks about Pevsner’s Buildings of England @ Methodist Church
Oct 2 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm

Come along and find out more about the historic buildings of Westbury in the company of renowned architectural historian Julian Orbach.

Julian, who was architectural adviser to the Victorian Society in 1975-7 and wrote the Blue Guide to Victorian Buildings in Britain, is currently revising the Wiltshire volume of Pevsner’s Buildings of England.

Westbury Heritage Society is pleased to be able to present this rare opportunity to find out more and to celebrate the history of our town.

Sir Nikolaus Pevsner’s (CBE FBA) 46 volume guide The Buildings of England, are classic companions for history and architecture students – so familiar that they are just referred to as Pevsners. Pevsner, who was a founding member of the Victorian Society, was knighted for his services to art and architecture. He died in 1983 and is buried in Wiltshire, at Clyffe Pypard.

This talk  will be given by architectural historian Julian Orbach who has already updated Penvsner’s volume on South & West Somerset and is now working on the Wiltshire volume. Julian will tell us about the work and the buildings in Westbury that were of most interest to Pevsner. It should be a fascinating evening for anyone interested in Wiltshire’ architectural history and those who have used any of Pevsner’s “building bibles”.

Julian Orbach is an author and lecturer in architectural history. A graduate in History and Italian from Magdalen College Oxford, Julian has worked in the field of historic buildings ever since. He was architectural adviser to the Victorian Society in 1975-7 and wrote the Blue Guide to Victorian Buildings in Britain, published in 1987. He worked on the listing of historic buildings in England until he moved to Wales in 1987 where he was similarly employed by Cadw. While in Wales he co-wrote three Welsh titles in The Buildings of Wales series, then in 2009 moved to Somerset to revise Pevsner’s volume on South and West Somerset in the Buildings of England series. He lives with his partner in Bradford-on Avon, having moved there in June 2014 to begin revising the Wiltshire volume of Pevnser’s the Buildings of England series.

This event is organised in conjunction with Westbury Heritage Society

The society is open to anyone with an interest in the the history of Westbury and membership is available from £8 per annum.

Tickets for this event are also available on the door as well as here.  Members’ tickets £1 are ONLY available on the door.

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Meet the Author – Dennis Gardner @ Lions Bookshop
Oct 4 @ 10:00 am – 1:00 pm

Dennis Gardner – Bratton Ironworks (An illustrated record of RJ Reeves & Son).  During the late 1800s up to 1970, Reeves Ironworks at Bratton was one of the leading British companies producing agricultural/horticultural machinery in the UK.

The author, Dennis Gardner, has collected a great deal of information over the years since closure – photos, catalogues, leaflets, written documents and artefacts, as well as personal memories from some of the ex-employees still living nearby (mostly now passed on).

Westbury has many credited authors.  It is with pleasure that Westbury Lions are hosting a series of 3 sessions at their bookshop where you can meet these author’s and find out more about their works.