MORE than 500 people attended an exhibition revealing the rich history of West Tytherley at the weekend. The village, which boasts Britain’s oldest bell, a Roman villa and disused glassworks, has been home to many families for generations, and villagers brought together their family histories, archives and artefacts for the Stories of West Tytherely exhibition in the village hall.

Villagers past and present attended the event, and many former residents had the opportunity to meet childhood friends and neighbours.

Items on display included two Singer sewing machines, one of which dated back to the 1920s, a selection of Roman artefacts lent by Salisbury Museum, a tin hat, gas mask, a full bottle of beer from the Second World War and score books from the inter-war cricket matches.

Many visitors brought photographs to add to those already on display and the event raised about £1,000 through the sale of teas, calendars and history booklets.