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Guide to Lyneham
The first mention of Lyneham dates back to 1224, and the village was probably included in the Domesday holding of "Stoche".
The area is largely agricultural and was original a flax growing centre. Lyneham was so called after linen and it was originally called Linen Hamlet.
There is evidence of a mediaeval pottery site at Lyneham: medieval sherds dating from the 13th and 14th centuries date were found in Farthing Lane.
Lyneham is perhaps best known for the RAF base, which opened in 1940. By 1968, it had become the main employer in the parish and covered 1,200 acres. Famously, it is home to the Hercules.
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