Trowbridge is the county town of Wiltshire and is located on the River Biss in the west of the county eight miles south-east of Bath, Somerset. Surrounding villages include Wingfield, West Ashton, Yarnbrook, Hilperton, Semington, Staverton, Keevil and Farleigh Hungerford
In 1889 the town became the county town of Wiltshire when Wiltshire County Council was formed and needed a place where delegates from Swindon and Salisbury, could reach and return in one day. Trowbridge fulfilled this criterion due to its road and rail links and thus evolved as the county town. Trowbridge is about 18 miles from junction 18 of the M4 motorway and the A361 which runs through the town connects it to Swindon to the northeast and Barnstaple to the south-west, the nearest airport is Bristol Airport, which is 30 miles to the west.
The town centre is compact, with the focus for shops being the ancient Fore Street and the more modern Shires and Castle Place shopping centres which all offer a wide variety of outlets.
Secondary schools in Trowbridge include the Clarendon Academy, the John of Gaunt School, St Augustines Catholic College. There is also a school (Larkrise School) for children aged 3 to 9 with special needs. For further education, there is Wiltshire College which offers a range of vocational courses aimed at school leavers.
Primary Schools in the town include Bellefield, Grove, Holbrook, Oasis Academy Longmeadow, Paxcroft, Walwyn Court, Studley Green and St John’s Catholic Primary School.