Our new apartments and houses for sale in Trowbridge are on course for completion early next year. This is a stunning conversion project of 22 apartments and houses from two Grade II listed buildings. Read on to find out more about the history of the buildings, why Trowbridge is a great place to live and some of the best things to do in the area.
Apartments and houses for sale in Trowbridge
Clarks Mill and Mill House are stunning red brick, Grade II listed buildings. Along with Featherstone Property, we are converting these into smart houses and apartments with full planning permission and Listed Building consent.
The buildings are situated in the heart of historic Trowbridge, which is the county town of Wiltshire. The site is just a 3 minute walk away from Trowbridge station.
History of the buildings
Firstly, let’s learn a little about the history of these beautiful buildings. Clarks Mill is also known as Studley Mill. It was built by Richard Gane in 1860 for the Clarks company, who were local woollen millers.
“In 1861 the premises consisted of an enginehouse and seven large mills with a power-loom shed.”
Mill House was built in the early 19th century and is formally known as Bridge House. It was likely used “to house families of the more important workers at the factory and may also have included offices.”
Source: Wiltshire Council
Trowbridge milling history
Secondly, Nikki Ritson, Collections & Exhibitions Officer for Trowbridge Museum, has kindly shared the following interesting local historical tidbits with us:
- In in 1814, Clark paid £984 for the installation of a steam engine. By this time most processes were done in factories, however weaving was still outsourced to weavers houses. The introduction of powered looms in the 1840s, removed this need to outsource. The last home weaver worked in1870.
- There were intermittent clashes between clothiers, and workers throughout the C18th and C19th. Usually caused by the introduction of new machinery and methods. Workers protested fearing for their jobs and livelihoods.
- The major protests were against the shearing machines, which led to one of Trowbridge’s most infamous incidents in 1802 when “Thomas Helliker… was hanged, aged 19, for his alleged role in machine-breaking at a Wiltshire woollen mill.”
- In 1817, John Clark’s house was set alight because he was using gigs.
- Local historian, Ken Rogers remembers a fleece washing place on the island behind Innox Mill – this consisted of a basket into which “sigged” (sig is stale urine) fleece was placed, and the basket was then lowered into the river allowing the natural flow to wash the dirt and waste away.
Far more recently Clarks Mill was home to the county court until it closed in 2010.
Why live in Trowbridge?
Thirdly, let’s look at why Trowbridge is a great place to live. Trowbridge was named the best up and coming place to live in 2018 by The London Economic. This article states that “Trowbridge is a town that still flies below the radar, but has a lot to offer”. What does Trowbridge have to offer?
Why is Trowbridge a great place to live?
- Stunning architecture, including beautiful Georgian, Victorian and Edwardian buildings.
- Value for money. Homes in Trowbridge are more affordable than nearby Bath or Bradford-upon-Avon.
- Superb transport links to Bath, Bristol and London, including fast, direct trains and the M4.
- Great local primary and secondary schools, Ofsted rated either good or outstanding.
- A thriving art scene, including the Town Hall Art Centre and Court Street Gallery
Things to do in Trowbridge
Fourthly, here are some of the best things to do in the area.*
- The Civic Centre for live music and comedy events
- Hilperton Marina to hire a narrowboat for a day on the canal
- The park, with sports facilities, play areas, peaceful space and outdoor events
- Trowbridge museum for exhibitions, children’s activities, adult workshops and courses
- Great Chalfield Manor and Garden 15th-century National Trust manor house and gardens to the north of the town
- Clanger Wood, just south of Trowbridge, famous for its bluebells, butterflies and moths
- Trowbridge Town Hall art gallery, shops and cafe
- Hope Nature Centre and animal park which supports young adults with learning difficulties
- Wednesday outdoor market for fresh produce and handmade items
- The Arc Theatre for dance and drama productions
Did we miss anything? Please let us know if you live locally and would recommend anything else to do in Trowbridge.
Finally, remember to visit our project page for more images and information if you’re interested in our apartments and houses for sale in Trowbridge.
*Sadly Covid restrictions mean that many of these are currently closed, but plan to reopen in the Summer, once restrictions ease.