Codford and Gillingham ? anything fishy about that ?
Codford is in Wiltshire and Gillingham is in Dorset

We had a great day with some nice fish and although we didnt quite get the numbers of codling we were hoping for we were not dissapointed with a pleasant days fishing and some nice fish.
2 of my Codling




The village was formed from the two parishes of Codford St Mary and Codford St Peter.

The two adjacent villages grew together and their union was formalised in 1928  with the approval of the union of the benefice of the two Codfords. Six years later the two parishes became one.
 Both churches however are still in use today. 

Codford Circle

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Codford Circle
Shown within Wiltshire
Alternate name Oldbury Camp,
Wilsbury Ring,
Location Wiltshire
Region Southern England
Coordinates 51.1643°N 2.0263°W
Type Hilltop enclosure or possible hillfort
Area 3.6 ha (8.9 acres)
Height 188 m (617 ft)
Material Chalk
Periods Possible Neolithic

Codford Circle, also known as Wilsbury Ring, and Woldsbury, and possibly Oldbury Camp, is a neolithic hill top enclosure or possible hillfort located on the summit of Codford Hill, a chalk promontory of Salisbury Plain, near to the village and civil parish of Codford, in Wiltshire.

Station 3: Heytesbury,Engraving: Yarnbury Camp and Codford Circle

ring of 12 Circles - 12 Vesica pisces

Crop Circle At Codford St Peter, nr Warminster, Wiltshire. Reported 3rd June 2010


Robert Dampier

From Wikipedia,
Robert Dampier self-portrait

Robert Dampier (1799–1874) was a British artist and clergyman.


Dampier was born in 1799 at the village of Codford St Peter in Wiltshire, England , He was baptised on the 20th of Dec. 1799
. He was one of 13 children of Codford St Peter's rector Reverend John Dampier (1763–1839) and his wife Jane.
In 1819 he went to Rio de Janeiro in Brazil as a clerk.
[3] In 1825, he was picked up in Rio to be the expedition artist on the English ship HMS Blonde under the command of Captain George Anson Byron. The ship was returning the bodies of KingKamehameha II and Queen Kamāmalu to the Hawaiian Islands (known by the British as "Sandwich Islands"), after both died from measles during a visit to England. Robert Dampier spent 11 weeks in Hawaii painting portraits in oil paint and making pencil drawings of landscapes.

After returning to England, he studied law at Cambridge University and then was ordained in theChurch of England. He married Sophia Francis Roberts in 1828. In 1837 he became rector of Langton Matravers church.
... Although employed a rector, he continued to sketch until his death in 1874.

Major works by Robert Dampier are held by the Honolulu Museum of Art and Washington Place, also in Honolulu, Hawaii.

Portrait of Princess Nahiennaena of Hawaii, oil on canvas painting, 1825, Honolulu Museum of Art

wikipedia HERE


Gillingham  is a town and civil parishin the Blackmore Vale area of Dorset, England.

 The neighbouring hamlets of Peacemarsh, Bay and Wyke have become part of Gillingham as it has expanded.

Gillingham is pronounced with a hard initial 'G' as in 'Goat', unlike Gillingham, Kent, which is pronounced with a soft 'G' as in 'Germany'.

Half of the town's population of 2,000 died of the Black Death in the four months following October 1348.

In the Middle Ages, Gillingham was the site of a royal hunting lodge, visited by Kings Henry I,Henry II, John and Henry III. A nearby royal forest was set aside for the king's deer. The lodge fell into disrepair and was destroyed in 1369 by Edward III.



Station 3: Heytesbury,Engraving: Yarnbury Camp and Codford Circle


Edmund II

The name Gillingham was used for the town in its 10th century Saxon charter, and also in an entry for 1016 in the annals, as the location of a battle between Edmund Ironside and the Vikings.

Edmund II (died 30 November 1016), usually known as Edmund Ironside was King of England from 23 April to 30 November 1016.

He was the son of King Æthelred the Unready and his first wife, Ælfgifu of York.

 Edmund's reign was marred by a war he had inherited from his father, his cognomen "Ironside" was given to him "because of his valour" in resisting the Danish invasion led by Cnut the Great

more about the Saxon kings and queens and the likes of Sweyn Forkbeard - HERE
Edmund Ironside - MS Royal 14 B VI.jpg
Edmund in the early fourteenth century Genealogical Roll of the Kings of England

One of the local employers in Peacemarsh is Neal's Yard Remedies