"Wilton -ancient capital of Wessex" Wilton by LouiseTopp

Wilton Travel Guide: 5 reviews and 15 photos

Wilton Village

Wilton is a small market town just down the road from Salisbury, it was once known as the capital of Wessex. Wilton has a famous carper factory which makes carpet's for Buckingham palace & other famous buildings in London. Wilton has it's market on Thursdays, althrough it's not very big.

There's a few pubs in Wilton they are called

The Grey Hound
The Three bells

The River Wylye runs through Wilton, & there's Wilton house where the queens cousin lives. Wilton House is open to the public with gardens also included. A market is held in the square every Thursday. Also in Wilton is:

A libuary
Lloyds
HSBC
Burnbake
Butchers
Dr Surgery
Church
Wilton shopping village
stables at Grovely (mentioned later)
Micheal Hurbert hall (Community Centre)
Post Office
Reeve the baker's
Antique's shop
Threshers Wine

A brief history

The first citizens of Wessex, who were primitive hunters & farmers, used to keep as far as possible to the uplands, missing the marshy, fever-ridden valleys full of perilous animals & in any case well-nigh closed during the winter months. For traces of early man's life we must turn to the open chalklands of Salisbury Plain, where he has left his monument the earthworks, the burial mounds & the great temples of Stonehenge & Avebury, as well as countless other lesser leftovers of his actions.

One of the later relics is the great fortress known as Old Sarum, which initially dates from the Iron Age. When the Roman invasion took place they saw the tactical importance of this earthwork & improved & modified it for their own use. From here they built roads in every direction forming part of a network which was finally to cover most of Britain south of a line between Forth and Clyde. The crossing at Wilton was not measured by the Romans, whose roads used crossings at other points on the Nadder & Wyle which were on the direct line in one case to Badbury Rings & the coat, & the other to their lead mines at Charterhouse-on-Mendip. Like their ancestors, they favoured to keep to the high ground whenever possible, only descending to the river valleys where a crossing was vital.

further history

On the other hand, the manuscript upon which Wilton bases its claim to the title of "ancient capital of Wessex" is an announcement made by King Ethelwulf in 854. This article concerns the institution of tithes to support the clergy, & is dated from "my Palace at Wilton" at Easter in that year. It must be made clear that the Kings of Wessex did not have any permanent headquarters at that time, & Wilton was one of quite a few places used by the early Saxon rulers. Nevertheless Wilton being the site of an abbey soon began to draw more & more trade, & it was also one of several towns where a mint was set up. The Wilton mint in fact lasted sporadically well into the twelfth century.

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:Quaint house's
  • Cons:Not a lot to do for us locals
  • In a nutshell:Quiet town
  • Last visit to Wilton: Jul 2004
  • Intro Updated Sep 21, 2004
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  • Sjalen's Profile Photo
    Apr 24, 2007 at 1:59 PM

    Great page - just to let you know that you've put it under WIlton, Somerset rather than WIlton, Wiltshire (the fourth on VT's list) but if you move it we will soon have loads of tips to promote this wonderful place! :)

  • aadil's Profile Photo
    Oct 7, 2004 at 1:57 PM

    Good info and helpful tips and pics for a small town that most may give a miss!!! Wish I had seen it when I came to Salisbury and Stonehenge!!!

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