Wiltshire has some fun and colourful place names including; Tiddleywink, Lover, Lacock, Old Sodbury, The Shoe, Honey Knob Hill, Twatley
Amesbury, 2 miles from Stonehenge, is the oldest settlement in the UK, it has been in continuous use for over 5,000 years (“I remember when all this were nothin’ but mud!”).
Arthur the Great created the concept of England, uniting the many warring factions into a single nation (East Anglia, Mercia, Wessex, Northumberland and the Danelaw, areas ruled by Viking invaders). After being routed in battle, Alfred with a handful of followers hid in marshland. The men of Wessex rallied and routed the Vikings at the Battle of Edington in Wiltshire. Had he lost this battle his army would have been destroyed and all England would have been ruled by the Vikings.
No one knows exactly why Stonehenge was built or what it was for. It has been linked with human sacrifice, famously lines up with the summer solstice, has mysterious resonant stones (that make a ringing sound when hit) that come from Northern Wales, but the henge’s exact construction is not known. There are other henge’s in the area, some believed to date back longer than the famous construction near Amesbury. If you thought your Wiltshire removals are complicated, try moving these stones!
If you’ve ever struggled with getting your builders to put down the tea and pick up the tools then consider yourself lucky. Stonehenge was built over a period of 15,000 years, from a simple wooden construction to the head scratching, marvel that attracts 1,600,000 visitors every year.
A road traffic feature of such confusing proportions it even has its own Wikipedia entry, The Magic Roundabout is a colossus of driving confusion in Swindon. 6 conjoined roundabouts with nearly 40 exits. It’s probably best to turn off the Satnav before it goes into meltdown!
One Wiltshire legend is that the term “Moonrakers” came into being when a group of smugglers tricked customs officers by hiding barrels of French whisky in a pond in Crammer, Devizes. When asked what they were doing, the smugglers told the officials they were raking in a large cheese, stuck in the pond (actually the reflection of the moon on the water). The officials assumed they were mad yokels and left them to their ‘Moonraking’. A number of pubs in Wiltshire are named after the legend.
The county is famed for its white horses. Some of the 7 horses were built to attract tourists, the locals claiming they dated back thousands of years (while possibly still wiping the chalk paint off their hands), in truth the oldest, in Westbury, dates back to 1778. The newest is in Devizes and was carved in 1999 to celebrate the Millennium.
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Established in 1973, Armishaws are a family run company based here in the South West. We believe in greener Wiltshire removals, we’re planting 2,000 trees in the region to offset the carbon emissions of your move. We’re members of the British Association of Removers and operate to the highest standards of customer care and financial security. All our crews are trained to ensure you receive the best customer service, so you can rest assured that your possessions are well cared for in transit and in storage. With our high Trustpilot rating and reviews from so many happy customers, you can be sure that with Armishaws your move is in good hands.
Wiltshire is a fascinating and historic location for newcomers. To the south of the county the rolling hills of Salisbury Plain are perhaps best known as the British Army’s largest training ground. It’s also an area of scientific interest with rare plants, buzzards, hares and even long forgotten, abandoned villages. Agriculture plays a major part in the county’s economy, it’s also a booming tech location, Dyson, Ubiquisys, Glass Door, Smart-Media and many others have made Wiltshire and Swindon their base of operations.
Whether you’re a tech-head or technophobe, once your Wiltshire storage and removals are complete you can explore, but don’t expect to do it quickly. The county’s roads are slower (the amount of dual carriageways and motorways is below the national average), you can expect to find yourself behind the odd tractor now and again, however the views are fantastic, the weather’s good, you’re never far from a great country pub, so what’s the hurry?
If your Wiltshire removals are just the start of a new life in this amazing country you certainly won’t be lost for things to do. Wiltshire is home to some of the UK’s biggest attractions including;
One of the most famous and recognisable world heritage sites, Stonehenge draws visitors from around the world.
Home to the Marquesses of Bath, Longleat is the UK’s No1 safaris park. Lion and tigers and bears, oh my!
Harry Potter comes to life! The picturesque village was used as a filming location and is a must see for Potter fans.
Featuring car and motorbike racing, petrolheads can also try their hand with track days and racing experiences.