HORRIBLE histories of Trowbridge have gone on show in a new tourist trail round the town, which was started by council mascot, Trowbridge Ted, last week.

Trowbridge Ted’s Terrible Tales Town Trail launched on Friday, July 28, and families can now pick up a map for a route showing off gruesome events and places in Trowbridge’s history.

Ted’s trail visits eight places dotted around the town centre including to a once-haunted shop on Roundstone Street and a church where a man was hanged more than 200 years ago.

Mayor of Trowbridge, cllr Deborah Halik attended the event last week and said: “It was great to see how enthusiastic and excited the children were. I believe introducing children to Trowbridge's history in such a fun and interactive way is beneficial to both the kids and the town.

“I particularly liked the Blindhouse as it is a unique Wiltshire feature.”

Customer service manager at the town council, Aby Cooper added: “We had a good turnout for the launch event. Leyker’s Coffee Central made some wonderfully disgusting cakes and the children were lead round to learn all the gross history of the town.”

The free maps are available now from the tourist information centre in St Stephen’s Place or online at www.trowbridge.gov.uk