Welcome to the website of the Broad Town Archaeology & History Project.
Broad Town is a small, rural settlement located in North Wiltshire. The parish contains four other settlements – Cotmarsh, Binknoll, Little Town and Thornhill. The parish has been in existence since 1884 however, archaeological work has demonstrated humans were interacting with the area at least 6000 years ago.
For over a decade a small, dedicated (and often wet) team of archaeologists, ably assisted by students, and more importantly members of the Broad Town community, have investigated the landscape in and around the village. Everything from flint tools thousands of years old to burials and cremations were located. More recently a number of the older structures in the village have been recorded and the archive at the County Record Office accessed for details of the more recent history of the village. This work is nearly complete – leaving just one more element to do, and that is where you come in.
Broad Town has a story, we intend to tell that story but we cannot do it without your help. The final section of the village history will concentrate on the last two hundred years. We are especially interested to hear your personal stories and, with your consent, we intend to include some of these in our final report. Over the coming year there will be a number of events, we urge you to visit these as they will update you on our progress – all we ask is that you come along and bring your memories with you.
The aim of this project is to produce as complete an account of the village and its immediate environment as is possible by the end of 2017. The final report will appear in book form, with the intention of supplying each house in the parish with a free copy⃰ soon afterwards.
Please visit this site regularly as this, combined with releases in the village newsletter, will be our primary outlet for information over the coming year.
⃰ ⃰Dependent on successful funding