A selection of articles written by Jill Wilson.
Jill Wilson was a lady of considerable talents and wide interests, especially archaeology (including working with Sir Mortimer Wheeler), astronomy, geology and sundials, but she had a particular regard for British local history. An avid reader and an indefatigable researcher, she brought an academic’s authority to the books which she wrote, whilst making them easy to read and, in the modern phraseology, ‘accessible’. The advice which she was so frequently called upon to give was imparted with a twinkle in her eyes and huge enthusiasm.
It was our great good fortune that Jill chose to move to Chipping Campden. She very quickly became an active member of Campden and District Historical and Archaeological Society (CADHAS) as it was then, and played an influential role in the development of the Society in its early days, serving as a Committee member, then Chairman, and later as Vice-President. Her contribution cannot be overstated and for many of us she remained the “go to” source for guidance; her ability to interpret and draw together strands of research to a convincing outcome was outstanding.
Over the years she wrote short articles for publication in the Campden Bulletin and some of them are reproduced here. To call them ‘Jottings’ sounds disparaging, but it is not. It is a pleasingly alliterative term of endearment from us to Jill.
Jill died in December 2018 and is much missed.