Trowbridge

Trowbridge
Town Hall, Trowbridge.jpg
Trowbridge Town Hall, seen from Fore Street
Trowbridge is located in Wiltshire
Trowbridge
Trowbridge
Trowbridge shown within Wiltshire
Population33,108 (in 2011)[1]
ST8557
Unitary authority
Ceremonial county
Region
CountryEngland
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Post townTrowbridge
Postcode districtBA14
Dialling code01225
PoliceWiltshire
FireDorset and Wiltshire
AmbulanceSouth Western
EU ParliamentSouth West England
UK Parliament
List of places
UK
England
Wiltshire
51°19′N 2°13′W / 51°19′N 2°13′W / 51.32; -2.21

Trowbridge (/ TROH-brij) is the county town of Wiltshire, England on the River Biss in the west of the county, 8 miles (13 km) south east of Bath, Somerset, from which it is separated by the Mendip Hills, which rise 3 miles (4.8 km) to the west. The town is also 38 miles (61 km) south of Gloucester and 20 miles (32 km) south east of Bristol.

Long a market town, the Kennet and Avon canal to the north of Trowbridge has played an instrumental part in the town's development as it allowed coal to be transported from the Somerset Coalfield and so marked the advent of steam-powered manufacturing in woollen cloth mills. The town was foremost producer of this mainstay of contemporary clothing and blankets in south west England in the late 18th and early 19th centuries by which time it held the nickname "The Manchester of the West".[2]

The civil parish of Trowbridge had a population of 33,108 at the 2011 census.[1] The parish encompasses the settlements of Longfield, Lower Studley, Upper Studley, Studley Green and Trowle Common. Adjacent parishes include Staverton, Hilperton, West Ashton, North Bradley, Southwick and Wingfield; nearby towns are Bradford on Avon, Westbury, Melksham, Frome and Devizes.

History

Toponymy

The origin of the name Trowbridge is uncertain; one source claims derivation from treow-brycg, meaning "Tree Bridge", referring to the first bridge over the Biss,[3][4] while another states the true meaning is the bridge by Trowle, the name of a hamlet and a common to the west of the town.[5] On John Speed's map of Wiltshire (1611), the name is spelt Trubridge.

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العربية: تروبريدج
asturianu: Trowbridge
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Esperanto: Trowbridge
فارسی: تروبریج
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한국어: 트로브리지
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norsk nynorsk: Trowbridge
polski: Trowbridge
română: Trowbridge
русский: Троубридж
Scots: Trowbridge
Simple English: Trowbridge
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