An Ancient Landscape

The area surrounding Trowbridge has been inhabited for thousands of years. Evidence in nearby Somerset shows activity dating back 400,000 years and 10,000 year old bones were discovered at in the caves at Cheddar. At Hilperton, on the outskirts of Trowbridge, a neolithic (stone age) axe was discovered, and on Salisbury Plain you’ll find the ancient stone burial monuments of Stonehenge, dating back to the time of the pyramids in Egypt. The stone circles of Avebury are also nearby.

A photograph of Stonehenge

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There are loads of pre-Norman conquest sites a short drive from Trowbridge, and such a concentration of prehistoric sites in such a small area is unique in the UK. As well as Stonehenge and Avebury, there’s also Silbury Hill, Wookey  Hole and Cadbury Castle amongst others. There are also major sites left by the Romans close by, such as the Roman Baths in Bath, and of course, the mosaic floor discovered under the playing fields of St Laurence School in Bradford-on-Avon shows that Romans were living just down the road.

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