Living in Trowbridge
Trowbridge is situated on the River Biss, 8 miles south-east of Bath. The origin of the name Trowbridge is uncertain, with many feasible explanations. On John Speed's map of Wiltshire (1611), the name is spelt Trubridge. By the time of the Domesday Book, the settlement was known as Straburg, was recorded as having 24 households. The surround arable ploughlands rendered 8 pounds sterling in annual income to its feudal lord, who was the largest landowner in Wiltshire.
Henry de Bohun, born around 1176, became lord of the manor aged 15 and started to shape the medieval town. In 1200 he obtained a market charter, arguably the earliest for a town in Wiltshire, and one of the earliest in England. His officials laid out burgage plots for traders, artisans, and shopkeepers. The outline of these can still be seen today in the footprints of some of the present shops in Fore Street.
Also in 1200, Henry was created Earl of Hereford by King John. Like other barons, Henry was later threatened by the King and Trowbridge was seized from him. Henry then joined with the other barons to oppose John's arbitrary rule and forced him to seal Magna Carta (the Great Charter) at Runnymede. Soon after Runnymede, Henry regained control of Trowbridge and was elected as one of the 25 enforcers of the charter.
In the 14th century, Trowbridge developed as a centre for woollen cloth production. And by 1820 Trowbridge's scale of production was such that it was described as the "Manchester of the West". As the woollen cloth industry declined in the late 19th and 20th century, Trowbridge maintained a reputation for excellent quality until the end. The last mill, Salter's Home Mill, closed in 1982.
In its place, many different industries developed, from bedding to food. And food production continues in the town today, through companies such as frozen food processor Apetito. And with the redevelopment of the town over the last decade, today, living in Trowbridge is exciting with many and varied activities on offer.
Trowbridge in Facts
- Area: 9 sq miles
- Population: 33,108
- Postcode: BA14
- Area codes: 01225
- Airport: Bristol
- Train station: Trowbridge
- Local Council: Wiltshire
- Average property price: £211,758
All facts use 2016 data
Still maintaining that quintessentially English town feel, Trowbridge has a good mix of large chain shops and independents.
Shopping is centred around the ancient Fore Street and the modern Shires and Castle Place shopping centres.
The town has good road links to Bath (8 miles) and Bristol (22.7 miles).
Trowbridge railway station provides regular services to Cardiff Central, Bristol Temple Meads, and Swindon. And thus provide connections to London.
Bristol Airport (28.5 miles) provides both regular commercial flights as well as a private business terminal.
While Trowbridge has no independent schools, the town is home to a number of state pre and primary schools as well as three state secondary school. Many of which are well regarded and produce excellent results.
Wiltshire College offers a number options for further study, from it's Trowbridge campus.
Lifestyle and Culture
Opened in 2013, St Stephen's Place Leisure Park is home a range of well-known chain restaurants as well as a 7 screen Odeon cinema.
The Trowbridge Museum is UK's only specialist textile museum, which has a wealth of exhibits telling the story of the woollen trade in the area. Housed in a former mill, the museum still makes cloth on its Hattersley loom!
Trowbridge is home to a Non-League football club, Trowbridge Town F.C. The town's cricket club play at Trowbridge Cricket Club Ground and has four adult teams as well as a thriving youth section.
Located just a short drive, Cumberwell Park Golf Club is Wiltshire's only 45 hole golf course.
Property in Trowbridge
Whether you're after a new build or conversion, a modern apartment, or a historic estate, Trowbridge offers a variety of properties at affordable prices.
Plus with features such as St Stephen's Place Leisure Park and wide open countryside, living in Trowbridge exciting.