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Trowbridge Town Council

Introduction to Trowbridge
The History of Trowbridge
Fascinating Facts about Trowbridge
Stunning Architecture
The Museum
Town Council Introduction
The Civic Hall
Trowbridge Information Centre
Trowbridge Special Events
Town Attractions
Retail in Trowbridge
Transforming Trowbridge
Trowbridge Twinning
Where to Stay in Trowbridge
Contacts and Useful Information
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Contact Information

Trowbridge Town Council,
The Civic Centre,
St Stephens Place
BA14 8AH.

Tel: 01225 765 072
Fax: 01225 775 460

Email: Trowbridge Council
Trowbridge Website


Fascinating Facts about Trowbridge
Isaac PitmanFamous faces…
Sir Isaac Pitman,
the inventor of the most widely used form of shorthand, was born in Trowbridge in 1813 in a small court of houses called Naish’s Yard, off the west side of Hill Street. Although the buildings no longer exist you can find out where they used to be by following the town’s Isaac Pitman trail.

Pitman based his shorthand on the sounds of words. The impact of his shorthand was quite phenomenal, in terms of the amount of time saved it was the equivalent of having invented the first computer! By 1890 it was estimated that 100,000 people a year were learning shorthand.

George Crabbe, a renowned nineteenth century poet was Rector of St James’s Church Trowbridge for some 18 years.

George Crabbe He was a friend of William Wordsworth and Sir Walter Scott and was Jane Austen’s favourite poet. Austen was known as Mrs Crabbe amongst her family and she named her heroine in Mansfield Park, Fanny Price from Crabbe’s ‘Parish Register’.

Crabbe’s most famous single poem ‘Peter Grimes’ was the subject of Benjamin Britten’s great opera.

His fame was such that his final published work ‘Tales of the Hall’ was sold in 1819 to a publisher for £3,000 that is the equivalent of £750,000 today.

George Crabbe is buried in St James’s Church Trowbridge.

Stephen Lee, world ranked snooker player Stephen Lee was born in Trowbridge on the 12th October 1974. Despite amassing over £1,000,000 in Alan Snowwinnings Stephen hasn’t fled these shores and still lives in the town.

Alan Snow, renowned children’s book illustrator and author Alan Snow although not born in Trowbridge spent his formative years here in the 1970s. He has used the town as his inspiration for the location of his latest novel: ‘Here Be Monsters: Volume 1 of the Ratbridge Chronicles’.

Bel Mooney, the author, moved to Trowbridge in her teens where she attended the High School. Having left Trowbridge High School, Mooney went to University College London where she graduated with a first class degree in English Language and Literature.

Already a prolific journalist and novelist, in the early eighties Mooney made the decision to move to the countryside near Bath where, as well as working for the national press she began writing books and making programmes for radio and television.

Steam EngineInventive Trowbridge…

John Dyer, was a Trowbridge born inventor and engineer whose major breakthrough was the rotary fulling machine. Although this was made in 1833 there is still a version of it in use today.

George Haden was one of Trowbridge’s most prolific and successful industrial inventors. His greatest achievement related to the heating and ventilation of buildings. In 1826 at the request of King George IV he installed the heating system at Windsor Castle. He then went on to install heating systems in Wilton House, the Houses of Parliament and the British Museum reading room.

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