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.

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.

Trowbridge Historic Buildings Grants

If you are the owner of a building in Trowbridge of historic or architectural interest then you may apply for a grant to repair or maintain your building through Trowbridge Civic Society.

If a grant is agreed then this would be up to 40% of the quoted cost of repairs and is usually calculated against the lower of two quotes. The grant can be paid out once the work is completed and has been inspected and an invoice for payment received and copied to Trowbridge Civic Society.

To apply for a grant, please complete the Application Form and send by email (twobridges@btinternet.com) to the Clerk of the Historic Buildings Committee, Glyn Bridges.

The provision of a grant will be discussed at the next Committee meeting and you will be notified of the decision as soon as is reasonable possible.

You can download a copy of the grant application form HERE