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Removals in south Wilts: A village carved from historic stone used for cathedrals

Underneath Chilmark, in Wiltshire lies a myriad of intriguing tunnels, the remnants of quarries that were taken over by the RAF.

The tunnels were once used to store explosives and bombs, in areas that once provided the stone for such eminent buildings as Salisbury Cathedral. It is estimated that it took 75,000 tonnes of Chilmark stone to build the cathedral. The spire of Chichester Cathedral in West Sussex is also made of Chilmark stone.

Pamela Street writes in An Illustrated Portrait of Wiltshire: ‘Maybe because this valley is home of the famous Chilmark quarries, it possesses more than its fair share of beautiful stone houses.’

A Planning Brief prepared by Salisbury District Council in 1999 concluded that options for re-use of the site, except for the former headquarters buildings, were limited owing to the presence of bat colonies and the possibility of contamination remaining from the storage of munitions.

More recently those tunnels hit the news for an altogether less savoury reason, when police discovered the largest cannabis farm in the south west.

During the night of 22 February 2017, officers from Wiltshire Police raided the bunker and found nearly all of the 20 rooms in the building, split over two floors, each 200 feet long and 70 feet wide, had been converted for the wholesale production of cannabis plants. The farm was estimated to be able to produce £2m worth of cannabis per year using £250,000 worth of stolen electricity, with a crop of 4,000 plants every six weeks. The lighting equipment alone was estimated to have cost about £140,000.

This must have proved a shock for the residents of Chilmark, where properties had an overall average price of £601,667 over the last year.

The parish of Chilmark is in the Nadder Valley, 12 miles north-east of Salisbury and 13 miles south-east of Warminster. It is made up of the villages of Chilmark and the hamlet of Ridge. The village of Fonthill Bishop lies immediately to the west and Teffont Magna to the east.

The centre of the parish – primarily Chilmark village – was made a conservation area in 1973, up to the Black Dog Inn.

Chilmark is very well known for its stone; quarries for extracting the stone were even in existence in Roman times. The stone is a form of limestone and takes on a particular green-grey character. Stone was taken from the ground until the 20th century.

Most stone quarrying from Chilmark ceased after the building of the Kennet and Avon canal, which meant Bath stone could be easily transported, eclipsing Chilmark stone, for it became too expensive to use owing to the heavier transport costs. Quarrying did continue until the early 1930s, and steam powered compressed air drills were used instead of drills manned by young children, as was the case in the Middle Ages.

There are a number of listed buildings within the parish, with many of these buildings being built of Chilmark stone. Many of the Grade II listed buildings are cottages in the residential areas of Chilmark and Ridge. These include Greystones, The Dial House, Inglefield House, Rose Cottage, Ridge Farm and Corner Cottage. Many of the small, older houses along Salisbury Road and The Street are quite similar and a typical house would be two storeys, with brick chimneys and plain tiles.

A number of council houses were built in the 1970s – 26 council houses had been built by 1978, and 32 other new houses were built around Claybush after the end of World War II.

Ridge, the hamlet to the south west of the parish, has always been small. In the 18th and early 19th centuries it comprised of between five and 10 isolated farmsteads, of which only a few survive. In the middle of the 19th century there was a flurry of building work in Ridge. A new farm, several farm buildings and two cottages had appeared by 1886. A few years later, three rows of terraced houses were built and Fonthill House was built between 1902 and 1904.

The Black Dog Inn in the very centre of the parish was built in the 15th century and is now a Grade II listed building. It was a public house from at least the early 18th century and there was an extension to the rear of the building in the 19th century.

The village has a primary school, Chilmark and Fonthill Bishop CofE (VA) Primary School. The building began as a National School, built in Chilmark stone in 1860. In 1971 Chilmark school merged with Fonthill Bishop school; the building at Fontwell Bishop was closed and the accommodation at Chilmark extended.

People from Chilmark in Wiltshire emigrated to Chilmark in Massachusetts in America in the 16th and 17th centuries, hence the name – and they continued to do so until the 20th century. In 1957, a replica of the Mayflower, the Pilgrim Fathers’ ship, sailed from Brixham to America to recreate the original sailing.

If you’re thinking of moving to Chilmark, Armishaws are here to help. We offer a full range of house removal and commercial removal services, including European removals international removals which are fully insured and come with a smile, too!

Call 0800 917 1015 or email enquiries@armishaws.com for a competitive quote and let us take the strain.

We can move you to or from anywhere in the UK or Europe, using our large modern fleet of vehicles. Our fifty full-time staff have all been trained to the highest standard in all aspects of moving your house, office or business.

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Armishaws Removals offers removal and relocation services to all areas in Wiltshire. We are able to help design a service to fit your every need. With multiple branches nearby, we are the best local choice for all removals in Chilmark, with a trusted team always willing to provide a fantastic value service, to put you at rest when moving or storing your possessions. We have extensive experience in helping with moves all across the south of England, and all over the world.

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