Trowbridge

'Studley Pump' drinking well, Frome Road. Victorian in origin, restored in 1977
Changes in Trowbridge's population 1801–2001
County Hall in Bythesea Road
St James, the town's parish church
River Biss flowing under the Town Bridge, renovated in 2007
Welcome to Trowbridge
Clark's Mill from Wicker Hill
Handle House adjacent to Clark's Mill
Ashton Mill, once a major employer
Salter's Mill, now the centrepiece of the Shires Shopping Centre

County town of Wiltshire, England, on the River Biss in the west of the county.

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'Studley Pump' drinking well, Frome Road. Victorian in origin, restored in 1977

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Kennet and Avon Canal

Waterway in southern England with an overall length of 87 mi, made up of two lengths of navigable river linked by a canal.

Waterway in southern England with an overall length of 87 mi, made up of two lengths of navigable river linked by a canal.

Surveyor John Rennie by Henry Raeburn, 1810
Kennet and Avon Canal Navigation share (ticket), issued 2 April 1808
A Second World War pillbox near Kintbury
Dundas Aqueduct near Limpley Stoke
Caen Hill Locks in the 1970s
Monkey Marsh Lock built in 1723, one of only two turf-sided locks on the Kennet and Avon Canal
River Avon above Saltford Lock
The weir at Pulteney Bridge, the limit of navigation on the River Avon
Entrance to the canal from the River Avon in Bath
Cleveland House in Sydney Gardens, Bath
Dundas Aqueduct, built in 1805, lies between Bradford on Avon and Bath. Here the canal crosses high above the River Avon and the railway line (the narrowing is the aqueduct).
These 16 locks at Caen Hill form part of the Devizes flight of 29 locks
The Barge Inn, Honeystreet
Swans coming into Devizes from the Newbury side
Bruce Tunnel eastern portal at the canal summit
Crofton Pumping Station from canal
The canal passing through "The Wilderness"
Newbury Wharf
The Kennet Navigation between Midgham and Colthrop locks
Brewery Gut within The Oracle
Kennet Mouth with bridge of the Great Western Main Line where the River Kennet meets the River Thames
Canal Museum at Devizes Wharf
Guyer's Lock and bridge near Newbury
Wickham Knight Bridge near Woolhampton

In 1793 a further survey was conducted by John Rennie, and the route of the canal was altered to take a more southerly course through Great Bedwyn, Devizes, Trowbridge and Newbury.

Barton Farm Tithe Barn

Bradford-on-Avon

Town and civil parish in west Wiltshire, England, near the border with Somerset, with a population of 9,402 at the 2011 census.

Town and civil parish in west Wiltshire, England, near the border with Somerset, with a population of 9,402 at the 2011 census.

Barton Farm Tithe Barn
St Laurence's church
Holy Trinity Church, Bradford-on-Avon
The former town hall which is now the local Catholic church
A panoramic view of Bradford from the north-west

The larger town of Trowbridge is nearby to the southeast.

Bournemouth: Unitary Authority tree. The tree on the left, on the concourse of the Bournemouth Town Hall, was planted on 1 April 1997 to mark the occasion of Bournemouth council becoming a unitary authority on that day. This was part of the local government reorganisation of the late 1990s, when certain more urban districts were essentially separated from the relevant county council, with no services for Bournemouth residents now being carried out by Dorset County Council.

Wiltshire Council

Council for the unitary authority of Wiltshire in South West England, created in 2009.

Council for the unitary authority of Wiltshire in South West England, created in 2009.

Bournemouth: Unitary Authority tree. The tree on the left, on the concourse of the Bournemouth Town Hall, was planted on 1 April 1997 to mark the occasion of Bournemouth council becoming a unitary authority on that day. This was part of the local government reorganisation of the late 1990s, when certain more urban districts were essentially separated from the relevant county council, with no services for Bournemouth residents now being carried out by Dorset County Council.

Wiltshire Council operates from the same Trowbridge base as its predecessor, Wiltshire County Council.

River Biss

Small river in Wiltshire, England and is a tributary of the Bristol Avon.

Small river in Wiltshire, England and is a tributary of the Bristol Avon.

River Biss in full flood over the weir
The lake in Trowbridge Town Park

The river rises near Upton Scudamore on the western side of Salisbury Plain, at Biss Bottom, as the Biss Brook, and flows northwards passing Westbury towards Trowbridge.

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Wiltshire

Historic and ceremonial county in South West England with an area of 3485 km2.

Historic and ceremonial county in South West England with an area of 3485 km2.

Stonehenge
Cherhill White Horse, east of Calne
The County Ground, Swindon is the home of Swindon Town, the only football league club in Wiltshire
A bridge over the River Avon at Bradford-on-Avon
The flight of 16 locks at Caen Hill on the Kennet and Avon Canal

The county town was originally Wilton, after which the county is named, but Wiltshire Council is now based in the county town of Trowbridge.

British Railways "totem" sign for Chippenham station.

Chippenham

Market town in northwest Wiltshire, England.

Market town in northwest Wiltshire, England.

British Railways "totem" sign for Chippenham station.
Brunel's railway viaduct
The Buttercross today
Town arms from 1776 on the Yelde Hall
Population of Chippenham 1801–2018 (2011–2018 estimate in red)
A map of Chippenham from 1773
An OS map of Chippenham from 1896
An OS map of Chippenham from 1946
Coat of arms of the Chippenham
Chippenham Town Hall
Chippenham High Street featured a co-operative department store (now Wilko, left foreground)
Chippenham Folk festival
Chippenham Sports Club Pavilion
St Andrew's church, viewed from the Market Place
St Paul's church

The town is bypassed to the west by the A350, which links the M4 motorway with Chippenham and nearby towns to the south, such as Melksham, Warminster and Trowbridge.

Lord Bath, first Chairman of Wiltshire County Council, by Carlo Pellegrini

Wiltshire County Council

The county council of Wiltshire in the South West of England, an elected local Government body responsible for most local government services in the county.

The county council of Wiltshire in the South West of England, an elected local Government body responsible for most local government services in the county.

Lord Bath, first Chairman of Wiltshire County Council, by Carlo Pellegrini
Wiltshire, shown red within England
Wiltshire County Council armorial banner

In 1930, the members of the county council decided by 45 votes to 27 to build a new county hall in Devizes, which is near the geographical centre of Wiltshire, and not at Trowbridge, very near its western edge.

Stratton in 2012

David Stratton

English-Australian award-winning film critic, as both a journalist and interviewer, film historian and lecturer and television personality and producer.

English-Australian award-winning film critic, as both a journalist and interviewer, film historian and lecturer and television personality and producer.

Stratton in 2012

Born in Trowbridge, Wiltshire, England, in 1939, Stratton was sent to Hampshire to see out the war years with his grandmother, an avid filmgoer, where he was taken to the local cinemas regularly and saw a diverse range of movies.

A reconstruction of Old Sarum in the 12th century

Salisbury

Cathedral city in Wiltshire, England, with a population of 40,302, at the confluence of the rivers Avon, Nadder and Bourne.

Cathedral city in Wiltshire, England, with a population of 40,302, at the confluence of the rivers Avon, Nadder and Bourne.

A reconstruction of Old Sarum in the 12th century
Salisbury viewed from Old Sarum
The Great West Front of Salisbury Cathedral
The 15th-century Doom painting in St Thomas' church
A picture of Minster Street, c. 1870
Secret Spitfire Memorial, view from the south
Salisbury Guildhall, completed in 1795, is now the meeting place of the City Council
Queen Elizabeth Gardens, showing part of the River Avon diverted through the gardens
The 15th-century Poultry Cross marked the section of the market trading in poultry
Butchers Row in the city centre
Salisbury High Street
St Martin's Church (Church of England)
Salisbury Museum, housed in the King's House.
Salisbury bus station in 2010 (since closed)
Salisbury Racecourse with the cathedral in the distance

Salisbury was the major centre of production, supplemented by Trowbridge and Reading.

Arms of Bohun, adopted at start of age of heraldry (c.1200-1215): Azure, a bend argent cotised or between six lions rampant of the last

Henry de Bohun, 1st Earl of Hereford

Anglo-Norman nobleman who became Hereditary Constable of England from 1199.

Anglo-Norman nobleman who became Hereditary Constable of England from 1199.

Arms of Bohun, adopted at start of age of heraldry (c.1200-1215): Azure, a bend argent cotised or between six lions rampant of the last
Remnant of the motte of Pleshy Castle in Essex, chief residence of Henry de Bohun
Arms of Bohun drawn by Matthew Paris (d.1259)

of Trowbridge Castle in Wiltshire and of Caldicot Castle in south-east Wales, 5th feudal baron of Trowbridge, who served King Henry II as Lord High Constable of England.