For the next week (Saturday 24th October – Friday 30th October) we’re celebrating Warminster, as part of our 15 week #LoveLocalWilts campaign.
Warminster is situated on the edge of Salisbury Plain. It’s history goes as far back as the Saxon’s when its first settlers are recorded although numerous earlier settlements are nearby, including the Iron Age hill forts Battlesbury Camp and Cley Hill. The name Warminster or ‘Wereminster’, is derived from the Minster church which was built within a loop of the river Were in Saxon times.
The growth of wool and cloth industry and the corn market all contributed to Warminster’s prosperity. Many of the buildings in Market Place today have origins from being used as stores and warehouses, with inns used by the buyers and sellers who came from many miles around which survive owe their origin to the corn market days when they were used.
Warminster has always had strong military connections, thousands of soldiers from Australia, New Zealand and Canada were camped in the villages during the First World War.
In 1943 in preparation for the Allied invasion of Europe, the people of Imber a village lying just to the north of Warminster, were given 47 days’ to leave their homes so the US forces could practise street fighting. Today the village remains as Ministry of Defence property, having been used as a substitute for the urban environment of Northern Ireland. Access to Imber is granted on a number of days every year.
Today Warminster remains as a market town, within the countryside and at the hub of many attractions.
Spotlight on indie business the Weymouth Arms
The Weymouth Arms is an independently owned, restaurant and bar with letting rooms. In 2009 Shane and Natallia Goodway purchased the Weymouth Arms from Enterprise Inns, and over the next few years restored the property. Their efforts were recognised by the Civic Trust in 2010 for their sympathetic restoration of the building.
The Weymouth Arms is one of the oldest licensed houses in Warminster. Originally a private house, it has a long history. A beautiful Tudor fireplace in the main bar featuring the Emwell Cross was re-discovered during renovation works. One of the first floor windows is similar in design to those designs by Sir Christopher Wren. In the outer buildings, one archway bears the date of 1749 with the initials T.M. and another date 1771 with the initials D.C. for Daniel Capel a well known clothier.
To find out more visit: www.weymoutharms.co.uk or to reserve a table call: 01985 216 995
Love Local Warminster is part of The Business Exchange’s Love Local Wiltshire campaign (#LoveLocalWilts). Over 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.