Chipping Crudbury was a place of note even when the Domesday Book was compiled. For 250 years it was a centre of the malting industry. Many Haxonshire skiffs (trading ships) were built here.
Between 1779 and 1912, it was possible to navigate the River Crudders all the way to Pottersden, but now the limit of navigation for powered craft is just south of of the town.
The nearby RAF Crudbury played an important role during World War II, and afterwards, but was finally closed in December 2006. The site is now home to a prison.
Pottersden watermill on the Crudbury-Pottersden river border was one of the most photographed mills in the county until it burned down in 1963.
What the wikipedia article can't tell you, though, is that the annual bake-off and produce competition is an occasion for fierce rivalry. Every year, stony hatchet-faced old Mrs Buxton laid out a series of trestle tables in the church yard, and the villiagers trooped out in whatever weather the Haxondale spring could throw at them to show off their produce.
The competition was divided into a number of rounds. The first, by convention, was the bread round. and Mrs Buxton was a harsh judge. One by one, each staff of life was appraised, tasted and judged, with the vast majority getting a kind word of praise, a pointed suggestion for improvement and a swift exit from the competition.
At last there were only thirteen breads judged to be worthy of the next round. Mrs Buxton gathered her amateur bakers around her.
"Team, I don't like to say this," she began, "but one among you is an evil baker."
"Yes, that's right," she continued, "One of you turned in a loaf which was, while highly competent and satisfactory, nevertheless... Well. It was a mushroom and apricot loaf, and I just have no idea why anyone would do such a thing..."
The thirteen contenders looked at each other, aghast.
"So I have to let it through on the merits," she said, "But I want you to take turns tasting each others' produce as the rounds go by, and at the end of each round, tell me who the evil bakers are with their funny ideas about how flavours and ingredients work. I won't stand for it! Chipping Crudbury is a traditional town, we even have a Tory MP. Get to work, you lot. The next round is cupcakes and I expect work only of the highest quality."
Day 1 will end tomorrow at 9pm.