Welcome to Royal Wootton Bassett

Royal Wootton Bassett is located two miles from Junction 16 of the M4, making it an ideal base from which to explore the surrounding countryside and discover its many visitor attractions.

The combination of old and new, the historic architectural gems, modern shopping centres and nearness to some of the Country's greatest houses and historic villages, makes this town midway between Bath and Swindon an ideal location for living, working and visiting.

 

About Royal Wootton Bassett

On Sunday, October 16th 2011, in a moving ceremony, the town received the Letters Patent from Princess Anne on behalf of Her Majesty the Queen and became Royal Wootton Bassett. The town is only the third in British History to receive this honour. This honour was given to the town because of the support and respect given to the brave servicemen and women who tragically lost their lives in defence of our country.

 

 

Wilts & Berks Canal – On the 30th January 1793 the Earl of Peterborough chaired a meeting in Royal Wootton Bassett Town Hall which eventually led to the building of the Wilts & Berks Canal. The canal was officially opened on the 14th September 1810, linking the Kennet & Avon Canal at Semington to the River Thames at Abingdon. Nine years later a branch was constructed joining Swindon to Latton on the Thames & Severn Canal. By 1900 boat movements had almost totally ceased and in 1914 the canal was officially abandoned.

In 1977 a group was formed called the Wilts and Berks Canal Amenity Group (W&BCAG) whose aim was to totally restore the canal using as much of the original route as possible. In recent years, to publicise the restoration and as a mark of the progress made, boat rallies have been held in a rewatered section at Templars Firs.

 

Angling Club Contact: Mr T Strange 01793 346730.

Water Safety Advice for Anglers, please see link : http://www.rlss.org.uk/water-safety/water-safety/water-safety-advice-for-anglers/

 

St Bartholomew and All Saints Church is 15th century except for a 14th century window with modern glass. On Monday nights the sound of the bells ring out in Royal Wootton Bassett High Street, the earliest bells date back to the four that were cast in 1633, it was only much later, between 1669 and 1871, that the church tower was built. The tenor bell, one of the original four, which weighs almost a ton and bears the inscription “Come when I call to serve God all”. The restoration was commemorated in 1662 with the addition of another bell. The final three, bringing the total to the current eight, were added in 1889.

 

 

Royal Wootton Bassett's best known landmark the Town Hall was built at the end of the 17th Century, it owes its existence to the political ambitions of the Hyde family (the Earls of Clarendon) who presented the building to the town, and also had the market charter renewed.

The upper floor of the hall was a council chamber built on 15 pillars, while below there was a store room for market goods and also a Blind House or lock-up, in which drunks were detained overnight. The building was extensively restored in 1889 when the Blind House disappeared.

The Town Hall now holds a museum, for more information please click here

Town hall

 

 

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