Town Hall Museum
Royal Wootton Bassett’s best know landmark the Town Hall was built at the end of the 17th Century, it owes its existence to the political ambitions of the Hyde family (the Earls of Clarendon) who presented the building to the town, and also had the market charter renewed.
The upper floor of the hall was a council chamber built on 15 pillars, while below there was a store room for market goods and also a Blind House or lock-up, in which drunks were detained overnight. The building was extensively restored in 1889 when the Blind House disappeared.
The Town Hall now houses a museum which opens Wednesdays and Saturdays 10.00 – 12.00 for most of the year, they do close for christmas and new year period. The museum then re-opens after the New Year for Saturdays only. On Wednesdays, the Museum will usually re-open again sometime in March. Visit their website to confirm dates. To find the Town Hall, please see Town Centre Map.
If you are interested in local history then you may like to be a Museum Steward on Wednesday or Saturday, for further information then please see the Royal Wootton Bassett Town Hall Museum website https://rwbthm.wordpress.com/