Welcome to the Trowbridge Civic Society website

News Update

Although we haven't been able to hold any meetings during the pandemic, all the normal background activity is still taking place

The Society continues to repond to planning applications submitted to Wiltshire Council. Kevin and Sue Eames together with David Feather are very astute in picking up and objecting to applications that are not appropriate or that do not use the correct building materials etc. They really do make a difference to the development of the town.

Peter Collier and his editorial team produced three newsletters last year and the Spring 2021 edition has just been published. If you have any articles you would like to be included in future editions, please contact Peter by clicking here.


We would normally collect membership subscriptions at our New Year Social evening, but of course, this is not possible this year. If you able to, you can pay your subscriptions directly to the Society's bank account. The account details are on the membership form which you can download here. Alternatively, you can send a cheque or drop off your payment to Janet at the address shown on the membership form. Membership subscriptions are £7 per annum for individuals or £12 for joint membership (living at the same address).


Particularly during the pandemic, one of the most difficult tasks we have is to communicate effectively with members. We do have a list of members with email addresses and this is very useful. However, it would be most helpful if members who haven't already given email address to us to do so please. With the cost of postage increasing again, being able to use email instead will save the Society a substantial amount of money. You can send the address to Janet Carpenter by using the form here.

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.

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.