Love Local Royal Wootton Bassett – Day 1

By Anita Jaynes on 19 September, 2020

For the next week (Saturday 19th September – Friday 25th September) we’re celebrating Royal Wootton Bassett, as part of our 15 week #LoveLocalWilts campaign.

About Royal Wootton Bassett – Did you know?

Royal Wootton Bassett is a small market town mentioned in the Domesday Book and until the 1800s was very modest with a population of less than 2,000 and an economy based around farming and agriculture. It started its long association with the military when RAF Lyneham opened nearby in 1940 and its expansion continued from the 1960s with the coming of the M4.

Today it’s well known for its community spirit when residents lined the High Street to pay their respects as the repatriation of service men and women passed through after losing their lives in conflict in Afghanistan and Iraq. As a result the Queen bestowed the ‘Royal’ title to the town in 2011.

Royal Wootton Bassett and its independent businesses

Royal Wootton Bassett has a vibrant high street with many independents and over the next week we are going to be showcasing seven of them. Today we’re putting the spotlight on Old Bank Antiques.

Old Bank Antiques

Situated on 143 High Street, Old Bank Antiques is a new business opened by local businessman Jon White on the site of a former hotel and later a bank. This bespoke centre offers small antiques, jewellery and collectibles including coins.

We particularly love this Japanese desk screen which is currently on sale.

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Love Local Royal Wootton Bassett is part of The Business Exchange’s Love Local Wiltshire campaign (#LoveLocalWilts). Over the next 15 weeks we are encouraging people to buy local, explore Wiltshire’s amazing towns and city and support the many independents which make this area so unique. Follow the campaign on social media #LoveLocalWilts.