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Day Out: From Cherhill to Devizes

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'Day Out' was a BBC West region television programme which ran for a number of series between 1977-1988.

Each half-hour episode saw one of the presenters pay a visit to a different town in the South West - explore parts of interest, and reflect upon the area's history.

In terms of historical research, each programme is as valid today as when it was made.

And it's fascinating to see how the many Wiltshire locations they visited then looked in the mid 70s to early 80s.

Broadcast on 13 February 1987 was an edition of the show which saw presenter Angela Rippon take a trip from Cherhill Down to Devizes.

Highlights along the way include a visit to Calne where Rippon reflects on the history of the coaching inns, The Black Horse and The Lansdowne Strand Hotel.

Angela Rippon in Devizes
Angela Rippon was a popular televison presenter in the 1980s

Then onto Bowood House near Chippenham where she meets estate owner, the Earl of Shelburne, who gives a tour of his museum and art gallery.

On reaching Devizes, Rippon first visits the medieval Devizes Castle before moving onto the Market Cross, all the while ruminating on the rich history of the town.

Then it's time to visit Pygmy Pinetum at Wansdyke Nursery, where she meets Dick Van Clarren who discusses the Dwarf conifer tree which was famously grown there.

Devizes is renowned for Wadworth Brewery so Rippon pays a visit and explains the brewing process whilst walking around the vats and fermentation tanks.

She finally ends her day trip at Caen Hill Locks where she reflects on the history of the Kennet & Avon Canal, which in 1987 had recently been restored.

At the locks she meets the head of the restoration, Admiral Sir William O'Brien, who explains how the unique engineering construction works.

The programme finally ends with Rippon taking a trip on a narrowboat down the canal.

'Day Out: From Cherhill to Devizes' is a fascinating snapshot of life in the area in the 1980s - and will appeal to anyone who remembers this part of Wiltshire at the time - or is interested in its history.

Click the link below to view our extensive collection of archive films of Wiltshire over the years. The collection includes other editions of the Day Out series.

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