History of Wroughton – now and then

The history group have produced a walk booklet that features many of buildings mentioned on the site (including racing stables, mills, manor houses and ‘lost’ pubs).  The walk is a booklet that can be downloaded and printed: Wroughton Village Walk

Early man found the Wroughton area supplied much of his needs, excellent defensive high ground, adequate water supplies, timber and good farming land. Earliest recorded finds show evidence of hunter gatherers from c8,500BC and occupation from c3,200BC. Evidence of Iron age and Roman settlement has been found in the village during the construction of the new houses off Marlborough Road and at the site of the airfield during the construction of the new Science Museum facility.

We have two maps of the village – one from 1773 pre-enclosure and one from 1815 after the enclosure

1773 map

1815 map

With its two streams Wroughton became a natural choice to site watermills.
At one time the village had seven mills

Pavey's mill today
Pavey’s mill today

Pavey’s Mill built in 1771Pavey's Mill built in 1771

a walk along Perry's Lane c1910A walk along Perry’s Lane circa 1910

Perry’s Lane today! Not so ruralPerry's Lane - modern day

1934 Haskins garage


A 1934 picture of Haskins Garage – Rover dealers for sixty years

Haskins Garage today



Haskins Garage – modern day


Wroughton Manor stood at bottom of Priors Hill – photo circa 1950Wroughton Manor - stood at bottom of Prior's Hill

Priors Hill today - site of ManorPriors Hill today – site of manor


Lister’s factory 1960  – now the site of a  modern housing elisters-housing-estatestate





Wroughton Hall 1912 - showing off the new automobile
Wroughton Hall 1912 – showing off the new automobile
Now a shopping centre
Now a shopping centre
Original site of the war memorial – Three Tuns (now the Co-Op) roundabout
New site of war memorial – Wharf Road
Old post box in Nursery Close – near to old Co-Op – now removed!