Our volunteers have been busy recently. We now have a new display about Wootton Bassett at the time of D-Day in 1944 . Back then there was a US Mobile Laundry stationed in the town at the Manor House. We show the conditions that the soldiers lived in and the home comforts they had to make life more acceptable. There are many story boards showing more details about Wootton Bassett at that time.
We have also set our station display to 1944 and show the activities that occurred there at the time. Tanks were being transported east to join their units and empty fuel tanks were being returned west for refilling.
Elsewhere in the museum we have lots of other exhibits of local interest. Did you know that minor crimes in Wootton Bassett used to be dealt with by public punishments. Visitors can see our old stocks, the whipping post and the original ducking stool – if only the marks on them could tell their stories.
The stocks used to be below the Town Hall itself. The Ducking Stool was last used back in 1787 when Peggy Lawrence was ducked in the Town pond in the High Street. The pond was filled in nearly 200 years ago.
Until 1889 we also had a small “Blind House” under the Town Hall where drunks were put until they had sobered up. This was removed when the Town Hall was refurbished by Sir Henry Meux in 1889.
We even have our own "Wanted Poster" from 1811 when someone tried to shoot a local politician ! They didn’t succeed and the politician was incensed. He offered £100 reward (a huge amount at the time) for anyone who could bring him to justice. We don’t know if the perpetrator was found and the £100 reward claimed.
Please come and support your local museum and learn about the town’s history.
We are open every Wednesday and Saturday between 10-12, and admission is free. Donations are always welcome.
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Note: Prices are a guide only and may change on a daily basis.
* *Currently Closed*
Our last day this year is 21st December 2019.
We reopen Saturday 1st February 2020 and on Wednesday 5th February 2020
- In town/city centre
- Indoor Attraction
- No Smoking Attraction
Parking & Transport
- Parking (charge) - Main Town car park in Borough Fields on High Street (2 Hour limit)
Map & Directions
By Road from Junction 16 M4 then follow signs on A3102
Public Transport Directions
Royal Wootton Bassett can be reached from Swindon Bus Station, Stagecoach Service No. 55. Also from Chippenham No.55 calling at Calne at Lyneham.
TripAdvisor Traveller Rating:
- Very Good16
- DianeW222Dudley, United KingdomTrip Type:CouplesPretty buildingWednesday, 31st July 2019Unfortunately this was closed on our Sunday visit but very pretty to look at from the outside. Lovely old white beamed building with stairs leading up to it. Positioned right on the main road Read full review
- 959rogerhWiltshire, United KingdomTown museumThursday, 5th March 2020A small but very concentrated museum of local history, not open all the time worth checking before to make sure open, town well worth a visit. Read full review
- Andy-S60London, United KingdomOlde Worlde ...!!Thursday, 17th September 2020Lovely old building with a lot of history to read about, but sadly closed on the day of our visit. Will definitely come back to explore inside asap!! Read full review