Artists · Writers

The Tanners and their Work

An episode of the Memories of Kington Langley podcast is exploring the lives of two of Wiltshire’s most beloved artists, Robin and Heather Tanner.

The couple lived in the village Kington Langley near Chippenham for close to sixty years, Robin painting and etching, Heather writing. Their partnership produced four illustrated books including the classic Wiltshire Village. During their lives, their passion was to capture and preserve Wiltshire’s pastoral landscape – its plants, its great elm trees, its grey stone villages and meandering woodland paths.

Old Chapel Field, the house designed for Robin and Heather Tanner in Kington Langley in the 1930s, courtesy of the Wiltshire & Swindon History Centre ref. P41837
Old Chapel Field, the house designed for Robin and Heather Tanner in Kington Langley in the 1930s, courtesy of the Wiltshire & Swindon History Centre ref. P41837

Even today, visitors still make the pilgrimage to see their former home in Kington Langley and the countryside that so inspired them. The podcast includes excerpts from a 1982 BBC documentary on the Tanners and their work.

You can listen to the Tanner podcast which forms part of a brilliant set of ‘Memories of Kington Langley‘ by Adrian Beeby.

Further information can be found via the Wiltshire & Swindon History Centre who, along with Chippenham Museum, have been able to acquire some of Robin’s work thanks to the Creative Wiltshire project.

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