On 16th April 2019, Wiltshire History Man, Nick Baxter, gave a guided walk around Devizes. It was a virtual walk given to residents and guests at McCarthy and Stone's Shackleton Place development.
Nick has now given virtual walks around both Devizes and Marlborough. The first was given at McCarthy and Stone's Cannings Place in Marlborough. Nick is here explaining the significance of the Corn Exchange in Devizes's Victorian past.
On 18th April 2019 the Gazette and Herald reported on Nick's very successful talk, "Nick Baxter's walking tours are fascinating, and all attendees enjoyed the event - we all learned something new about Devizes without having to leave our seats."
On 5th February 2019 Nick gave his talk on Matthew Wilkinson, the first Master of Marlborough College, to the Devizes branch of the Wiltshire Family History Society.
A thank you card from Barbara Fuller was much appreciated, "A most interesting and well presented evening."
Nick Baxter's book, "Marlborough at War with the KIng" written in collaboration with his fellow Marlborough History Society committee member, Sara Holden, was published in 2019. On 13th June, Marlborough News On Line reported that the book, "reveals town's pivotal role in the English Civil War".
Feedback from "Discovering Marlborough's History - around the High Street",
“Most enjoyable….he was a fount of knowledge..”
“Nick was very knowledgeable and very engaging..”
“Nick was able to pass on a lot of information in an entertaining way..”
I had some good feedback from walkers: “Thank you so much for the wonderful walk in the footsteps of Samuel Taylor Coleridge which we thoroughly enjoyed. It was also lovely to see Calne, which we had not realised had such beautiful buildings.” “This morning's walk, led by Nick Baxter, was a very good occasion. Nick's preparations were excellent and his guiding as we went around the old quarter of Calne was fascinatingly detailed.”
We had a very pleasant walk around Calne last Wednesday exploring the haunts of the great Romantic poet and philosopher, Samuel Taylor Coleridge, who lived in Church Street in an elegant Georgian terraced town house. Coleridge’s stay in Calne was highly productive. From April to September 1815 he wrote his “Biographia Literaria”, a presentation of his life and opinions within a synthesis of his interpretation of literature, in particular poetry, and philosophy. Calne has some remarkable historic buildings and a vibrant history.