A Timeline of Trowbridge

By Tim Lambert

1086 Trowbridge is a little village with a population of about 120

1139 By now a castle exists at Trowbridge

1200 Trowbridge is allowed weekly markets and it soon grows into a busy little town. Trowbridge is also allowed annual fairs.

1540 Trowbridge is famous for its wool industry. John Leland said it ‘flourished by drapery’. However, Trowbridge is still a small town with a population of only around 1,000.

1750 By now Trowbridge is growing rapidly and it has a population of around 3,000. The wool industry is continuing to flourish.

1700 A body of men is given powers to pave, clean, and light the streets of Trowbridge

1757 Blind House is built to house prisoners

1789 Polebarn House is built

1790 Rodney House is built

1801 Trowbridge has a population of 5,799. By now it is a medium-sized town and it is growing rapidly.

1813 Isaac Pitman is born in Trowbridge

1824 Trowbridge gains gaslight

1831 The population of Trowbridge has risen to nearly 11,000. The wool industry is still the main industry in Trowbridge.

1848 The railway reaches Trowbridge

1861 Market House is built

1870 A hospital opens Trowbridge

1874 Trowbridge gains a piped water supply

1884 The Peoples Park opens

1940 County Hall is built

1951 The population of Trowbridge is nearly 14,000

1974 Castle place Shopping Centre is built

1981 The population of Trowbridge is 23,000

1982 The wool industry in Trowbridge ends

1990 Trowbridge Museum opens. Shires Shopping Centre opens.

2007 The sausage factory closes