The History of Trowbridge

A postcard of an aerial view of Trowbridge showing the factories and other landmarks

A Victorian postcard of Trowbridge showing the factories and other landmarks

Trowbridge is situated in the South West of England and is the county town of Wiltshire, 12 miles from the World Heritage Site of Bath, a short hop from Bradford on Avon, and the popular tourist sites of Stonehenge and Salisbury are easily reached. The area is steeped in history but is not weighed down by it, as demonstrated by nearby Longleat, which became the first stately home to open to the public and was the first safari park outside of Africa. Good transport links through the Great Western Railway connect the town to the south coast at Portsmouth, Weymouth, and up to London, making it a desirable place to live as well as being an important part of the town’s past. 

Ushers vans lined up outside Holy Trinity Church on Stallards Street, Trowbridge

Ushers vans lined up outside Holy Trinity Church on Stallards Street

To find out more about the history of Trowbridge, click the links below.

An Ancient Landscape

Settling in West Wiltshire

Saxons and Vikings

Trowbridge Castle

Medieval Disputes and John of Gaunt

Wool and Clothiers

Mechanisation and Thomas Hilliker

Trowbridge Inventors

Trowbridge becomes the County Town