History, tourist information, and nearby accommodation
HERITAGE HIGHLIGHTS: Georgian town houses built by wealthy woollen clothiers
Isaac Pitman's name may sound familiar; he was the inventor of the Pitman method of shorthand, used to take notes quickly. Pitman was born in Trowbridge in 1813, and the trail follows in his footsteps around his native town.
What to See:
- The Trowbridge Museum (see above)
- Newtown is a conservation area, with a large number of Georgian weavers houses, relics of the halcyon days of the 19th century cloth trade
- Town Hall, built by local businessman Sir William Roger Brown in 1889 to commemorate Queen Victoria's Golden Jubilee
- St James Church, Church Street, late 15th century, on a site used since at least 1190. Look for 31 gargoyles, carved in amusing and grotesque poses.
- Lovedean House, Roundstone Street, is a Grade I listed building, erected in 1730 by William Temple, a wealthy clothier.
- Blind House, next to Town Bridge - dating to at least 1758, and probably much earlier, this windowless building was used to hold prisoners for brief periods. Used until 1854, struck by a German bomb in WWII and restored in 1977.
Address: Trowbridge, Wiltshire, England
Attraction Type: Town
Location: On the A361/A363 10 miles south east of Bath
Photo Credit: Stephen Richards, licensed for reuse under the Creative Commons Licence
NEARBY HISTORIC ATTRACTIONS
Heritage Rated from 1- 5 (low to exceptional) on historic interest
The Courts Garden - 2.7 miles (Garden)
Bradford-on-Avon Tithe Barn - 2.7 miles (Historic Building)
Westwood, St Mary's Church - 2.7 miles (Historic Church)
Bradford-on-Avon, St Laurence Church - 2.8 miles (Historic Church)
Westwood Manor - 2.8 miles (Historic Building)
Steeple Ashton Church - 3.2 miles (Historic Church)
Farleigh Hungerford Castle - 3.3 miles (Castle)
Peto Garden at Iford Manor - 3.5 miles (Garden)
Nearest Accommodation to Trowbridge: