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Wiltshire Farm Buildings 1500-1900  £5


The traditional buildings of Wiltshire farms are illustrated including large threshing barns, stables, cowsheds, dairies, brewhouses, wagon sheds and pigsties. It covers their layout, building materials and fittings and shows how to date them by the changes which took place through the centuries.

Wiltshire Town Houses 1500-1900  £6

Wiltshire has many interesting towns; Salisbury, Marlborough, Devizes, Warminster and Bradford-on-Avon to name a few. In this book we see examples of the distinguished houses of the gentry, professional men and wealthy tradesmen and the more vernacular houses of the craftsmen and workers.  Period details which assist with dating are illustrated.

Wiltshire Village Reading Rooms

by Ivor Slocombe    


This is an exploration of an important social movement of the 19th century. The rooms were set up by the clergy and gentry to entertain working men and boys in a teetotal setting. By the early 20th century a reading room was to be found in most rural communities, often purpose-built. The many surviving examples are identified and illustrated.

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Wiltshire Buildings Record books are published in association with Hobnob Press. They are available at the Wiltshire and Swindon History Centre, through local bookshops and by post direct from the WBR. Please send a cheque, made out to Wiltshire Buildings Record adding £1.50 per copy for post and packing (£3.00 for Almshouses, £2.50 for Dovecotes) to Wiltshire Buildings Record, Wiltshire and Swindon History Centre, Cocklebury Road, Chippenham, Wiltshire SN15 3QN

The following two books are directories compiled from information collected by various people. They cover all periods from the medieval to the late 20th century. It is evident that there were long periods when particular families were occupied in the building trades. Master masons and carpenters gradually gave way to architects in the modern sense.  Building firms increased in size. The second book gives additional entries for many people listed in the first book and adds new names. The WBR welcomes further news of work in the county by named architects or building craftsmen.

Architects and Building Craftsmen with Work in Wiltshire Part 1		 Ed PM Slocombe	- £3

Medieval Houses of Wiltshire  £6

Medieval houses are not uncommon. They can be found throughout the county in communities large and small. Many of the early houses are still timber-framed with well over 100 of cruck construction. Sometimes they can only be identified by their roof structure as extensive changes have been made at lower levels. The book covers doorways, fireplaces, windows and many other features.

Wiltshire Farmhouses and Cottages 1500-1800  £6

This popular book covers the typical building materials, plans, features, fixtures and fittings to be found in buildings of this type in Wiltshire.

The following books cover single building types.

The following four books by Pamela Slocombe were compiled from material in the extensive archives of the WBR, now covering over 17,000 sites. The books are small, A5 sized, suitable to take with you, packed with information and fully illustrated. The books are readable guides to what is characteristic of the county, intended for owners, local historians and other researchers. The introductory sections give some historical background and suggest maps, categories of documents and other sources which assist in studying an individual building.

Wiltshire Almshouses and their Founders

by Sally M Thomson    


This is the first comprehensive study of almshouses in Wiltshire. Almshouses had their origins in medieval ‘hospitals’, leper colonies and Bede Houses. After the Reformation, provision for the poor, especially the elderly was provided by almshouses, built by private individuals. The book includes the histories and architecture of 77 known almshouses, illustrated with photos, maps and plans.  The generous founders are described, illustrated by portraits and church memorials.  Further details can be downloaded here.

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The Dovecotes and Pigeon Lofts of Wiltshire

by John and Pamela McCann     £2

This in-depth study of historic dovecotes describes and illustrates all the surviving Wiltshire examples. The county is exceptional in retaining also many pigeon lofts and nest-holes in houses and other buildings and typical examples are described. The introduction covers the history of pigeon-keeping and how dovecotes were designed and used.

Architects and Building Craftsmen with Work in Wiltshire 	Part 2	 Compiled by PM Slocombe - £3