Over the lockdown our volunteers have been busy cleaning, tidying and researching new displays. We now have a number of special new displays in place covering the history of the Town Hall, the history of the Royal Oak Hotel and the history of the fire service in Wootton Bassett.
We also have an excellent new display of royal memorabilia spanning over 70 years.
Our train display shows what the the train station looked like in 1965, the year when it was closed.
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.
Donations are always welcome.
Note: Prices are a guide only and may change on a daily basis.
|Season (1 Jan 2023 - 2 Dec 2023)
* Museum is closed from 2 December. Will open with some new displays in the spring 2024. Any enquiries via firstname.lastname@example.org.
- 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
- JANETDENISEManchester, United KingdomTrip Type:CouplesMuseum up a flight of stairs.Monday, 24th May 2021Set in the town of Royal Wootton Bassett it houses a museum which is open on Wednesday and Saturday for limited hours. Buses stop and there is on street parking plus blue badge parking. Read full review
- GigglesbatMorden, United KingdomTrip Type:FamilyLovely from the outside. Couldn't get to see insideMonday, 20th December 2021I am sure it is lovely to see inside, it looks fab outside. Sadly it wasn't open on the dates/times advertised outside. It was frusting as we headed back twice to try and get a peak. Read full review
- David RHuddersfield, United KingdomTrip Type:CouplesLovely BuildingWednesday, 31st August 2022Travelling in the area we took the opportunity to stop off in Royal Wootton Bassett, as we have seen so much of it on TV - effectively paying our own respects. Unfortunately the Town Hall was not... Read full review