Royal Wootton Bassett has a rich history for you to discover
through our museum, historical society and as you explore
Wootton is first mentioned in 680AD in a Charter of Malmesbury Abbey,
then again in the Domesday Book of 1086. Norman lord Alan Basset’s two
estates, Vastern and Old Wootton, became Wootton Bassett. His name,
along with King John’s other counsellors, appears on the Magna Carta.
Edward III granted Alan Basset the right to hold a weekly market in the
town on Fridays (this now takes place on Wednesdays).
Ownership passed by marriage to Hugh Despenser whose relationship
with Edward II triggered the civil war of 1321-22. Vastern was later
acquired by Lord Hyde, 1st Earl of Clarendon, who had the iconic,
15 legged Town Hall built. Clarendon did not support Cromwell in the
Civil War and later became Lord Chancellor to Charles II.
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