Saturday, 31 March 2012

A Wander around Calne.

"Adam House" known also as "Pineapple House"
Calne is a small town with some delightful hidden corners, all waiting to be discovered once you have escaped from the busy A4 Bath Road that runs through the town centre.  The present road was built in the 18th century to accommodate the increased traffic travelling to Bath,  which had became a popular place to take the spa waters.  "Adam House" also known as "Pineapple House," is named after the four stone pineapples adorning the facade.   It was built in the 17th century, and the earlier timber framed house was refaced in stone in 1750.   "Adam House"  is said by Lord  Shelbourne of Bowood House to be named after the architect Robert Adam,  who worked on nearby Bowood House and is said to have lived here.   I love the symmetry of this building.
Celia and Pippin enjoy the sun at Cheveywell, renowned for its pure water.
Celia and Pippin the poodle enjoy the sunshine sitting beside Cheveywell, a spring from which the water runs crystal clear.  During an epidemic of typhus in the 19th century, this well provided the only clean  source of water for the town.  The water feeds into the nearby Calne Arm of the Wilts and Berks Canal.  The plaque below commemorates Dr Joseph Priestley who lived in Calne and discovered oxzgen in a laboratory at Bowood House.  A full history of Priestley´s life can be read on Wikipedia, the address is below.
The plaque commemorating Dr Joseph Priestley, who discovered oxygen whilst living in Calne.

Joseph Priestley - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia 

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