The county town of Wiltshire, Trowbridge had been a major weaving a centre from the 14th until the late 20th century. There are still a number of old buildings that keenly illustrate its industrial past, which can be observed on the way-marked heritage walk around the town. There are many fine l8th century stone houses, built by prosperous merchants, in Fore and Roundstone streets.
Sir lsaac Pitman (1813-97), inventor of the shorthand notation which was named after him, was born in 1813, in a house in Nash Yard (now demolished). A commemorative plaque bearing his name can be found on the front of the town hall.
Trowbridge is an ideal base from which to tour both the Cotswolds and Wiltshire Downs.
Tourist Information Centre:
|St Stephen's Place, Trowbridge, Wiltshire, BA14 8AH - Tel: 01225 710535|
Trowbridge had been a centre of the weaving trade since the 14th century. Once a thriving local cottage industry, the last mill that produced the West of England cloth, used as a material for suits, closed in 1982. The Trowbridge Museum is housed in this last mill, which has a comprehensive range of old machinery and artifacts used in the local cloth making industry. The earliest being a wooden spinning jenny (circa 1790).
Opening times: Tue ~ Fri: 10am - 4pm, Sat: 10am - 4.30pm (Disabled Access) Admission Free
Location: The Shires, Court Street, Trowbridge, Wiltshire. Tel: 01225 751339