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Calne Town Information

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A popular market town at the foot of beautiful Marlborough Downs, Calne once attracted the likes of the Romantic poet Samuel Taylor Coleridge.

He spent two years here in pursuit of inspiration.
It also provided a retreat for Joseph Priestley, the man who discovered oxygen.

Calne - Photo © Roger Cornfoot
Calne - Photo: Roger Cornfoot CCL

Bowood House - Photo © Linda Bailey
Bowood House - Photo: Linda Bailey CCL

  He was a librarian to the Earl of Shelburne in the late 18th century.

His memorial can be seen close to St. Mary's Church.

Local attractions include the Atwell-Wilson Motor Museum, which contains a rare collection of vintage and classic cars, motor cycles and commercial vehicles, and the nearby mansion of Bowood, famous for its works of art.

Partly designed by Robert Adam, it also has a vast park landscaped by Capability Brown, a lake, grotto, terraced gardens and children’s adventure playground.