Save the Rising Sun View Point on the A4
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The Rising Sun View Point, just off the A4 on Box Hill, is a quiet reflective place. It marks the site of the Rising Sun Pub, which blew up in a gas explosion on the 4th of December 1957 in which the Landlord and Landlady, William and Joyce Griffin, were killed, along with their son Andrew. His sister Jane survived the blast and was according to the report from the Box Parish Website, blown in her cradle into a nearby field where she was rescued by neighbours. She is still alive.
After the explosion the land was Sold to Wiltshire County Council by the Brewery (The Bristol Brewery Georges & Co Ltd) where it as been a memorial and a place for residents and passers by to rest a while (there is a bench there) and take in what must be one of Wiltshire's most beautiful views over the valley of the Bybrook and Box down to Bath.
The plot is small and subject to subsidence which would make it unsuitable to build on, although there is presumably an issue of the cost of its maintenance including grass cutting, which has it seems led Box Parish Council to consider letting it go.
There are now moves afoot at Wiltshire Council to sell this special place. If you would like to oppose this and see the site undergo a Community Asset Transfer back to Box Parish Council and also consider supporting a 'Friends of the Rising Sun View Point' please sign this petition and also contact John Price at Wiltshire Council, no later than 1st February 2018 (firstname.lastname@example.org) or by post to John Price, Wiltshire Council, County Hall, Bythesea Road, Trowbridge, Wiltshire, BA14 8JN.
For more information on this sad tale go to http://www.boxparish.org.uk/history/The%20Rising%20Sun%20Inn%20at%20Box.pdf Where Mike Lyons' account of the events can be read.
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