By Salisbury Museum Volunteer, Alan Clarke (all photos courtesy of The Salisbury Museum)
The Salisbury Museum image archive has a series of photographs taken in March 1965, well over 50 years ago now, that show what a white winter looked like.
I have chosen three of these photographs to illustrate just how much snow we used to have before climate change.
The first was taken in Amesbury, near the Anna Valley Motors petrol garage and shows a blackboard on an easel, in the middle of the road, with a message written on it in chalk. The message says: “All roads blocked including Woodford. Leave roads clear for snow plough.”
I suspect that even blackboard, chalk and petrol garages, as well as deep snow, will all be faint memories soon.
The second shows a Wilts and Dorset single decker bus which failed to stay on the road having slid into a field. Some passengers appear to have left by the emergency door at the rear.
How many men does it take to rescue a bus – one with a shovel and 10 to watch?
The last photograph here shows what appears to be a Morris Minor well and truly trapped in snow. Three farmers on a cab-less tractor are riding along through the snow, very cold but moving.
What makes the photograph for me is the military officer on skis, taking his two dogs for a walk. It illustrates that the military are always prepared, and like farmers, can adapt to any circumstances.