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Welcome To The Rodbourne Community History Group

We are committed to recording the rich history of this special community of Rodbourne and making it available to everyone.  We are not just about the bricks and mortar, but the people who lived in and made Rodbourne the flourishing community it is today.

We’ve collected photographs, plans and memories and hope to make them all available through this site.  This is a slow and complicated process which relies heavily on the work of volunteer members so we hope you will bear with us while we try to get it right.

Want to comment, ask a question or find an old friend?  Please do!  Use our Contact Us page. Better still why not post one of your memories of Rodbourne on the site.  Funny, tragic or just a bit of information it doesn’t matter.  Just go to the Memories page and send your contribution.  Remember ladies, if you can let us know your Maiden name as well this will help old Rodbournites to remember you.

Our programme of talks for 2015 is now posted on the Events page



Our AGM takes place this Wednesday 27th May at it’s usual location the Even Swindon Community Centre’s Play Group Room in Jennings Street at 7pm. Do I hear a yawn. I know AGM’s can be boring but I’m sure we can make this one interesting. We have John Farrow giving a talk on Wiltshire Canals and the most important item to members is the revised Constitution which those members present will have an opportunity to vote on. So if your a member please try to come along as without your support and contributions the Group would not survive.

We are shortly due to embark on completely redesigning our website and would value your comments on this present layout so we can retain the better features or facilities in our new one. We aim to include sections for purchasing items and renewing membership on line but would like to have your suggestions for any additional features. Please send comments etc. via our Contact Us page Obviously we won’t be able to incorporate them all but your input is invaluable. Please bear with us is as this will take some time but we will keep the present site going till the change over so keep your comments and memories coming in.



We have recently received a request through our website to clear up the mystery of the nicknames The Monkey Club, for the Rodbourne Road Working Men’s Club and the Grot for the Even Swindon Hotel. Unfortunately I couldn’t give any concrete evidence only the unsubstantiated stories we have received.
The Monkey Club being named after a Mr Monk who was a past Secretary or a football team from the club dressed as monkeys for a charity match. The Grot being named because it was a groty pub but as relatives of an ex licensee live in Rodbourne we have been reluctant to investigate this further.
That’s why I’m putting this appeal out to see if anyone has any hard evidence why these nicknames stuck. Please send any information via our Contact Us page

NOTE: The Even Swindon Hotel was renamed the Famous Ale House which was closed and has been converted into flats

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