In celebration of small things

September 14, 2008

P1010007.JPGI know I had other tasks to complete this morning, but I ended up doing a couple of hours editing work on the Wikipedia page for my village Lockeridge (The picture is the Sarsen stones at Lockeridge Dean at the south end of the village). I had found the village plan and a couple of local history books. As a result I was able to get the population numbers right and generally expand the history section. More work to do, but I’ve asked for a review to see what else needs to be done. Our village is near unique in that it was planned by the Knights Templars to support their local preceptory. Net result we are about the only village of our age in the UK without a Church. I tracked down the name of the architect responsible for the Victorian buildings and discovered a roman link of which I was unaware. Compare with the sectarian wars over the name of Ireland (the state not the island) getting one small WIltshire village up to scratch seems petty, but in many ways its what Wikipedia is about. Slowly building a body of knowledge about the small things of life carries a lot of satisfaction, especially somewhere which retains the signs of habitation from the neolithic to the present day . It’s also possible to celebrate the eccentricity of the British; we have an annual football match played between the west and east end of the Kennet Valley. The game is played by all ages, to ad hoc rules including two simultaneous football matches played with two balls on the same pitch; men may only play with one ball, women and children with either.

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