Wilton is a quintessential market town, with a rich heritage, dating back to the Anglo-Saxons in the 8th century AD and is former capital of Wessex. In the 17th century weaving became a large trade in the town, and is continued today with Wilton Carpet Factory producing sought after floor coverings. Wilton was also the site of the headquarters of Land Forces at Erskine Barracks. The site is now being developed for housing following the moving of the headquarters in 2010.
An interesting feature of Wilton is the Romanesque style Church of St Mary and St Nicholas. Many of the materials used in the building of the church were imported from Europe, including marble columns from Italy.
On the edge of Wilton lies Wilton House. Set in approximately 21 acres of gardens, bordered by the rivers Wylye and Nadder, it has been home to the Earls of Pembroke since the 1540s. Today, Wilton House has splendid 17th century interiors and a world famous art collection by renowned artists including van Dyck, Pieter Brueghel and Rembrandt van Rijn. There is also an adventure playground, acres of parkland and gardens. Wilton House is also home to Lord Pembroke’s Classic and Supercar collection which is housed in The Old Riding School. See www.wiltonhouse.co.uk for further information.
For those looking for some retail therapy, there is Wilton Shopping Village. The oldest building in the complex dates back to the 1700s. The site is thought to have previously been used as a tannery and Tudor grist mill. There are a variety of shops and businesses, including Role Play World (www.roleplayworld.co.uk), Wessex Fleet Services (www.wessexfleet.co.uk), Cotton Traders, Bonmarche and Regatta. See www.wiltonshoppingvillage.co.uk
For early years, there is the Wilton and Barford C of E Primary School. www.wiltonandbarford.wilts.sch.uk/maintenance/
For older children there is the Focus School Wilton Campus, which is a non-selective Independent School for years 3-13. See www.wilton.focus-school.com for further information.