A few hours in Trowbridge
Tom Neilsen and his partner Helen Christie are staying in Trowbridge while enjoying a
few days in the West Country, visiting the well-known attractions in the area. Today, however, they’ve decided to spend a few hours to look around the town and ‘Discover Trowbridge’ . . .
Trowbridge can easily be explored on foot, with all of its sights and landmarks within a very short distance of each other. The best place for Tom and Helen to start is
Trowbridge Information Centre, where the helpful staff can supply them with information about the town and the area in general, and can also advise on public transport should Tom and Helen wish to leave their car and get out of town.
With the Information Centre at the foot of the Town Park, our visitors can enjoy a stroll around this large open space for relaxation and recreation, which originally formed the grounds of a large private house, and admire the recently-renovated 1930s bandstand. The foot of the park leads to Biss Meadows, a recently restored country area which provides a quiet oasis just on the edge of the town.
Leading up from the park towards the town centre, the Town Hall is a magnificent building, completed in 1889 to celebrate the Golden Jubilee of Queen Victoria. Used nowadays as the base for Trowbridge Arts, in the 1960s it was a mecca for local pop fans as many of the popular groups of the time played there. At the opposite end of this stretch of Fore Street sits St. James’ Parish Church, with its impressive spire housing no fewer than 12 bells.
Entering the Shires Shopping Centre at the junction of Fore Street and Castle Street, Trowbridge Museum has a wealth of exhibits relating to the town’s rich textile heritage. Many of the buildings related to the weaving industry figure among the 300 or so that are listed within the town, including clothiers’ homes situated around the town centre and also on the outskirts. One of these buildings is now the local branch of Lloyds Bank, and a feature of this particular building is its original ornate ceiling.
Trowbridge has lots to offer the keen shopper: in addition to The Shires,
Castle Place and The Gateway are where many High Street names can be found, and around the town are many independent retailers offering something that little bit different.
Finally, for a late lunch or early dinner, Tom and Helen are truly spoilt for choice, with a wide range of eateries varying from small, family-run restaurants to the larger chains, offering cuisine from all over the globe. A concentration of these can be found at St. Stephen’s Place, near the multi-screen Odeon cinema.
So, the next time you’re in the Wiltshire area, why not follow Tom and Helen’s example and ‘Discover Trowbridge’ – it’s sure to be a few hours well spent!
Visit Trowbridge Town Council’s website at www.trowbridge.gov.uk.