Wicker Hill, Trowbridge, Wiltshire, BA14 8JS
Trowbridge’s historic lock-up will be open to view by the public on Saturday 10th September between the hours of 1000-1600. Visit as part of the Museum Heritage Trail.
Known as Blind Houses due to the lack of windows and the darkness experienced by their unfortunate inhabitants, Trowbridge’s lock-up will be open for public view. It was built in 1757 and served as a prison until it fell out of use in the late nineteenth century.
The Blind House will form part of a Heritage trail around the town on Saturday 10th September. Collect the trail from Trowbridge Museum, located in Grade 2 listed Home Mills, a beautiful former woollen cloth mill. The trail will lead you to 5 other significant heritage sites. Firstly the Victorian Town Hall, gifted to the people of the town in 1889. Then to the Norman St James Church with its gothic architecture and it’s Bell Tower, followed by number 5 The Halve, built in 1845 by a wealthy wool merchant. The trail will then lead you to the Blind House (info above). Then finally to Parade House, a Grade I listed Georgian townhouse. Built in around 1730 for the wealthy cloth merchant Robert Houlton, it is one of the town’s finest and most elegant buildings, the centrepiece of what Pevsner’s Guide to Wiltshire described as a “stretch of palaces” along Fore Street. A cream tea will be available here for refreshment.