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.

Lydiard Park Archives

On 10th September 2021, The Friends of Lydiard Park launched The Lydiard Archives, a unique on-line collection of objects, portraits, records, manuscripts, photographs, memories, and ephemera related to Lydiard Park. Working with local residents, archives and authorities, as well as global institutions, we are creating a digitized collection of Lydiard Park's precious legacy. From early medieval times to its 17th and 18th century prosperity, and from dereliction in the forties, to its rescue and dedication to the people of Swindon, The Lydiard Archives tell of a rare heritage built on survival and tenacity.

Whether for education, social history, genealogy, research or simply local interest, The Lydiard Archives are a living testament to the wide range of primary source materials and objects associated with the House, Park, St. Mary's Church, and surrounding parish of Lydiard Tregoze. Curated special collections, transcriptions of rare manuscripts, along with scholarly articles and handwritten diaries span the incredible breadth of artefacts within the digital collection. With such a wealth of material available, new research emerging and historic items unearthed, this unique site will continue to expand.

You can browse The Lydiard Archives online at www.TheLydiardArchives.org.uk; please enjoy the open access we are offering through to December 9th, 2021. After that, we will limit specific items within the site to members of The Friends of Lydiard Park, while most of the archives remain open for everyone's enjoyment. Please feel free to share this link with others you think may be interested, and encourage them to explore the fascinating cultural history of an English country home and the people whose lives it influenced.

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.