Our printed historic trails allow you to take in the town’s past at your own pace: choose the trail that best suits your interest.
Industrial Trail – Trowbridge has been an industrial town since the 14th century with its chief industry being the manufacture of high-quality woollen cloth. The mills produced textiles for Allied uniforms during World War One, and in the ‘Swinging Sixties’ for the designer, Mary Quant.
Public Art Trail – This takes you around the town exploring the public art displayed at various venues including in the Town Hall (recognized to be a piece of art in itself!) hidden treasures in and outside of St. James’ Church, interesting frescoes on the fascias of many of the town’s public buildings, and much more.
Woollen Cloth Trail – This trail explores the rich heritage of the town’s woollen industry, pointing out mill buildings and houses that belonged to wealthy clothiers, as well as warehouses and the iconic Handle House.
Pevsner’s Palaces – A trail highlighting the wealth of Georgian architecture and other buildings to be found around Trowbridge, some of which are mentioned in The Buildings of England, a massive work by the renowned 20th-century architectural expert, Sir Nikolaus Pevsner.