Richard's work and skills were noticed by the racing millionaire A P Cunlithe who asked him to return to Wiltshire to help build race horse stables at a site known as Druids Lodge.

A brief history of the Moulding family - Builders in Wiltshire to 1908

William Moulding was a stonemason in the village of Wanborough, North Wilts.  He lived to 72 years of age and died in 1839 and is buried in Wanborough Church graveyard.  Wanborough Church is easily recognizable as it has both a tower and a steeple included in the design.

William fathered two sons, Richard, and later another son William. The family then moved to nearby Aldbourne and carried on the Moulding name as masons and carpenters.

Young William married Sarah Sealy Alexander, and the surname Alexander subsequently stuck as a Christian name in later years.

William and Sarah had two children, William Alexander and Jane Ann.

William Alexander Moulding nurtured a successful building business in Aldbourne which included two cottages in West Street which subsequently became an inn late in the nineteenth century , known as “The Masons Arms”.

William Alexander produced two sons, Richard and William Alexander.  Some family difficulties occurred and Richard left to seek his fortune at the turn of the century, leaving the younger William Alexander (known as Uncle Bill) to carry on business as a builder and undertaker in Aldbourne  until his death in 1961.  Members of the current Moulding family can remember clearing out the old workshop area at Aldbourne at that time.

Richard moved to various parts of the South of England wherever he could get work, eventually to Acton in London, where he met his wife Flora and his work and skills were noticed by the racing millionaire A P Cunlithe who asked him to return to Wiltshire to help build race horse stables at a site known as Druids Lodge.

Richard lodged first at The Boot at Berwick St James and eventually moved to “Ryeville”, South Newton where his son Richard Alexander was born in 1908, commencing the period of Mouldings builders in South Newton.

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