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Fine old Tudor Manor House that was once the home of the Wills tobacco family until,
in the 1980s, it was bought by some prat who tried to turn it into a theme park: "The Land that Forgot the Time", or some such nonsense.
It is now a hotel described as "tudor-style" by its current owners. Given that this is where Henry VIII courted Jane Seymour,
that seem to be understating it a bit. It is no longer open to the general public.
When the rector and churchwardens put a stop to this by locking the church door and uprooting the briar rose which the gypsies
had planted on Joshua's grave, the gypsies put a curse on anyone who locked the church door in the future.
Strangely, two churchwardens who defied the curse met with untimely deaths, and the rector then threw the church key into the nearby River Ebble.
The church remained unlocked for many years.
It was not until 1992 that new keys were made and, following a service of blessing and rededication of the church by the Assistant Bishop, thus far,
the curse appears to be having no effect.
External Links and References
Church of St. Mary
Full text of Nicholas Pevsner's entry in The Buildings of England: Wiltshire, 1975 amongst other things. http://www.britishlistedbuildings.co.uk/en-319531-church-of-st-mary-odstock-
In Search of Joshua Scamp
Ignoring all the paranormal waffle this site has the text of a contemporary account of Scamp's hanging, and the Journal of Gypsy Law Society's record of the curse. http://www.twilightshadowsparanormal.co.uk/insearchofjoshuascamp.html
The Pepperbox is a small octagonal two-story folly on Pepperbox Hill, vaguely resembling a 17th or 18th century pepper box or pepper pot.
It has fine views to the north-west over Salisbury and more restricted views to the south.
It was built in 1606 by Gyles Eyre, a local landowner. Some say that it was so that he could look down on his neighbours;
others that it was a lookout for the ladies so that they could follow the progress of the hunt.
Marconi used this site as a receiving station during his demonstrations to the services at Salisbury,
and in the Second World War it was used as a lookout post by the local Home Guard. It is now bricked up and looks rather lonely.
Now re-branded as the Wilton Shopping Village, the old carpet factory site is now entirely given over to a retail experience.
However the site is very interesting in its own right, and it is a shame that they no longer offer guided tours.
There are some display boards in the lobby outside the toilets giving a brief history,
but it really could do with some more information on what the various buildings were used for when the factory was in its heyday.
External Links and References
Somewhat confusing site relating to the factory and its current products. There are about us sections scattered all overt the place, which have little on the history of the factory. http://www.wiltoncarpets.com/