Welcome to the Trowbridge Civic Society website

Society Beginnings

Trowbridge blind house

Trowbridge Blind House (built c.1758)
located beside the Town Bridge

The Trowbridge Civic Society was formed in 1978 out of the pressure group, Campaign Against Trowbridge Inner Relief Road (CATIRR) which, in the late 70's, fought a hard and sometimes bitter campaign against the proposed inner relief road.  This Relief road would have cut a swathe through historic buildings on the eastern side of the town.
Although this road was never completed, many buildings were demolished to make way for the proposed road.

Our aim is to improve the appearance of the area by preserving what is good from the past and encouraging high standards of design in new buildings, enhancing the image of the area and increasing the number of amenities within Trowbridge and its adjacent villages.

To do this the Society -

  • Monitors planning applications, structure plans and strategy documents
  • Maintains a photographic record of the changing appearance of the town
  • Organises projects for the benefit of the town
  • Supports local activities designed to promote Trowbridge and
    surrounding villages
  • Co-operates with the Town Council and other local and national bodies
    who work for the benefit of Trowbridge and its people
The Trowbridge Civic Society is a registered charity.

Online launch for Julian Orbach's revised Wiltshire volume in the Buildings of England series

Members will remember Julian Orbach's presentation to the Society. The updated version of his Wiltshire volume in the Buildings of England series is coming soon. Members are invited to participate in an online discussion with Julian and also to obtain the book at a discounted price.

The latest revised volume, Julian Orbach's Wiltshire, will be published on 8 June, and publishers are holding an online event to launch the book. On Tuesday 15 June, at 6pm, the author will be live in conversation with the book's editor, Charles O'Brien about his survey of the county, and they will be joined by James O. Davies, photographer. There will be an opportunity to ask questions at the end.

The event will be hosted by the Paul Mellon Centre and held on Zoom. It is free to attend; however, places must be booked in advance, using the link below. Shortly before the event, you will be emailed with the Zoom link you'll need to join.

For more information and to book, see: https://www.paul-mellon-centre.ac.uk/whats-on/forthcoming/pevsner-wiltshire

The publishers are also offering a discount on the cover price, plus free postage and packing: The discoubted price is £35 (RRP £45). You can pre-order your copy via the Yale website and enter code Y2169 at checkout. The code will be valid between 6 and 22 June 2021.


Are you interested in planning issues?

One of the most important jobs the Civic Society does is to monitor planning applications in our area.  Two of our committee members monitor the weekly lists, to see if there is anything that needs a response from the Society.
From time to time, there are applications submitted where it would be useful to seek a wider view on how we should respond. We are therefore setting up a consultation group of Society members who can be called upon when needed. If you would like to be included in this group, please click here to contact the committee.