Trowbridge Castle is brought to life for pupils

Kenneth William of DK Residential, which occupies  the hall house in Church Street, and Dr Andy Moir with  samples dating back to 1438

Kenneth William of DK Residential, which occupies the hall house in Church Street, and Dr Andy Moir with samples dating back to 1438

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A history group has explored Trowbridge’s cellars and worked with an expert from Channel 4’s Time Team to produce an interactive DVD for computers looking at the origins of Trowbridge’s medieval castle.

The free disc has been produced with the help of a grant from The Heritage Lottery Fund by Preserve Our Past as part of an investigation into the history of the little-known 12th-century castle site which helped mark Trowbridge’s current town centre boundaries.

Remains of the castle are below the town and as well as delving into cellars and buildings across Trowbridge the group has been working with experts including Dr Stuart Prior, University of Bristol lecturer and former Time Team member, to produce a 3D map of what the site could have looked like.

POP has 1,000 copies of the disc, which includes a documentary about the castle’s Saxon and Norman history, that it wants to give to the public and use during school visits and pupils’ history studies.

Rachael Charlton, from POP, said: “We have tried to make the DVD as visual as possible so that people can understand where the castle was and how it relates to the layout of the town today.

“Following the construction of The Shires shopping centre, most of the castle site has now disappeared so we felt it was important to create something that helped explain where it stood and how it may have looked.”

With their own research POP made reference to an excavation project in Trowbridge which was carried out in the 1970s and 1980s. The group’s investigation explored inside businesses including DK Residential, HJ Knee, Richard Gardner hair salon and The Shires as well as working with Trowbridge Archaeological Group and the town’s museum.

Matthew Charlton, from POP, said: “This has been a wonderful project because we have had so much support from local people and we’d like to thank everyone involved.”

The free DVDs are available from The Town Hall, Fabric Magic, Trowbridge Museum, Etc Etc, The Civic Centre, La Bella Vita, the town library or by emailing preserveourpast@hotmail.co.uk.

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8:57am Fri 31 Jan 14

Dr H Z Hackenbush says...

How about putting it on the web so we could all have a look at it pls?
How about putting it on the web so we could all have a look at it pls? Dr H Z Hackenbush
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11:02am Fri 31 Jan 14

backtothefuture says...

Collect a free copy from the below


The Town Hall,
Fabric Magic,
The Museum
Etc Etc
The Civic Centre
La Bella Vita
The Library
Collect a free copy from the below The Town Hall, Fabric Magic, The Museum Etc Etc The Civic Centre La Bella Vita The Library backtothefuture
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11:41am Fri 31 Jan 14

Dr H Z Hackenbush says...

There are only 1000 being produced and I would prefer an older or younger person to have the DVD as they might not have access to the internet and I am sure there are other people outside of Trowbridge that would like to have a look..... Hence stick on the net
There are only 1000 being produced and I would prefer an older or younger person to have the DVD as they might not have access to the internet and I am sure there are other people outside of Trowbridge that would like to have a look..... Hence stick on the net Dr H Z Hackenbush
  • Score: 5

8:26am Sat 1 Feb 14

backtothefuture says...

Dr H Z Hackenbush wrote:
There are only 1000 being produced and I would prefer an older or younger person to have the DVD as they might not have access to the internet and I am sure there are other people outside of Trowbridge that would like to have a look..... Hence stick on the net
They are at present looking at ways to make it more widely available, but in the meantime copies are available free of charge.
[quote][p][bold]Dr H Z Hackenbush[/bold] wrote: There are only 1000 being produced and I would prefer an older or younger person to have the DVD as they might not have access to the internet and I am sure there are other people outside of Trowbridge that would like to have a look..... Hence stick on the net[/p][/quote]They are at present looking at ways to make it more widely available, but in the meantime copies are available free of charge. backtothefuture
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