Heytesbury, a Wiltshire village en route to Salisbury or Bath but rarely a destination, has a population of some seven hundred variously happy souls. Considerably up from Domesday estimates at sixty but a tad down from over a thousand at the beginning of the 19th Century. Strangely, at that time, Heytesbury was a Borough (Est. 1449) with an official population of just eighty one and returned two MPs to Westminster entirely at the direction of the Lords Heytesbury.
I enjoyed an ample luncheon with my old friend Lady Pewsey in The Angel public house recently. In a discrete private room we indulged in county gossip before the effects of our jeroboam of Bollinger caused us to sing loudly and pelt the wall with plates of trifle.
Fortunately the proprietors are used to this...
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