About Wilton

History of Wilton 

Wilton, an ancient capital of Wessex, is a quintessential English market town redolent with history spanning more than 2000 years. The town gave its name to Wiltshire and the famous Wilton Carpets, which are still made here today.

Wilton lies 3 miles west of Salisbury, located at the confluence of the Wylye and Nadder rivers and has a number of independent shops. Market day is Thursday and, with free parking and cash points, you have easy access to the wide range of traditional family - owned shops, pubs, cafés and other services. Within a short walk of the Market Square and Old St Mary's Church, you will find the famous Italianate Church and a delightful river walk along the Wylye, running from St John's Square through the St Mary's RuinFlouse Hole conservation area to Castle Meadow.

With Wilton House and the Wilton Shopping Village, Wilton offers a unique and varied day out for families of all ages.  

The History of Wilton - timeline 



Town trail 

Discover more about the history of Wilton as you walk around our lovely old Town, using our informative town map.  You can purchase the map at one of our Town Map Boards in the Market Square, or at the Wilton Village Shopping Centre for just £1.

The Town Trail takes about an hour and you can stop off at the many shops, cafes or pubs on the route to extend your stay in our delightful town.

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 For in depth information about the shops, businesses, organisations and events that Wilton can offer, including the annual Community Carnival, the Wilton Business Event, the Christmas Tree Lighting event, British Cycling event and events held by and in the grounds of Wilton House click on the image above to visit the Wilton Town Website

Wilton - Google Maps

Wilton Town Charters

Wilton Town Council is fortunate enough to have several charters in it's possession relating to the town, the earliest of which dates back to King Henry 1st in 1100AD.  We have recently had these photographed and hope to be able to make them more accessible online soon.

King Henry 1st, 1100AD

King Henry 2nd, 1155 AD

King John, 1204 AD

King Henry 3rd, 1228 AD

King Henry 4th, 1400 AD and Kind Richard 2nd, 1382 AD

King Henry 5th, 1413AD and King Henry 6th, 1422AD

King Henry 6th, 1433 AD

King James 2nd, 1685 AD

Charles 2nd 1667

2 charters from Edward 1st, both 1274 and Edward 3rd 1362

Queen Victoria, 1885 AD, page 1

Queen Victoria, 1885 AD, page 2

Queen Victoria, 1885 AD, page 3

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