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If fine carpets make you think of Persia and Turkey, think closer to home. A little town in Wiltshire has been weaving the most amazing carpets for hundreds of years – ever since the lord of the manor decided to endow his people with the skills to weave luxury floor coverings in the 17th century.
Wilton, which sits right next to the cathedral city of Salisbury, was once bigger than its city neighbour, but the building of the cathedral saw a larger community spring up and Wilton shrink.
It is still a large town, however, with a population of nearly 20,000 and many shops and businesses. Wilton has a large medical centre in the Market Square and a doctor’s surgery in South Street and a chiropractor. A dentist and a chemist can also be found in the Market Square.
There are several eateries in the town, one club, four pubs and six food outlets. Wilton also has its own fire station and library. In addition, there is Wilton Shopping Village and a very popular weekly charter market which has a good selection of fresh fruit and veg, fish, flowers, meat, eggs and pet foods.
You may even get the chance to purchase one of the stunning carpets still made on the town, 400 years after the trade started there.
In the 16th century, The Earl of Pembroke decided to hire French craftsmen to teach weaving to the people and a whole new industry started up – one which remained even after the introduction of machinery in the 19th century. The product was highly prized and Wilton became known throughout the land as a producer of fine carpets.
The Earls of Pembroke have been resident at Wilton House ever since that time, each introducing new innovations to improve the area or the house, which boasts large parts designed by Inigo Jones.
There was once a Benedictine Abbey on the site – one of the most powerful in Mediaeval England. A Tudor house was built on the site by the first Earl of Pembroke in 1551, but the fourth early decided to completely rebuild some parts with Jones’ help.
Today Jones’ grandiose state rooms attract many visitors to the estate, who come to marvel at the quintessentially English frontage. However it is thought to be an architect called Isaac de Caus who actually designed much of the rest of the house.
The house is renowned for its gardens. De Caus began a project to landscape them in 1632, laying out one of the first French parterres seen in England. An engraving of it made the design influential after the royal Restoration in 1660, when grand gardens began to be made again.
In the late 20th century, the 17th Earl had a garden created in Wyatt’s entrance forecourt, in memory of his father, the 16th Earl. This garden enclosed by pleached trees, with herbaceous plants around a central fountain, has done much to improve and soften the severity of the forecourt.
In 1987 the park and gardens were listed Grade I on the Register of Historic Parks and Gardens of special historic interest.
The house and gardens have been open to the public since 1951. Salisbury Racecourse and South Wilts Golf Course are also on the 14,000-acre estate. The estate is often described as England’s most beautiful country house and as such it has been used in numerous TV and film projects.
Scenes from the John Cleese featurette Romance with a Double Bass (1974) were filmed in the Double Cube Room. The room was used for scenes from the Stanley Kubrick film Barry Lyndon (1975), in Ken Russell’s The Music Lovers, and in The Bounty (1984) it represented the Admiralty building for the court martial of Captain Bligh. The Palladian bridge and gardens were featured in the Blackadder II episode Bells (1986) and the end titles of all episodes. Rooms in Wilton House have also appeared as rooms of Windsor Castle in The Madness of King George (1994). The concert with the bell-ringers, and two later scenes with the Prince of Wales, were shot in the Double Cube Room. Scenes from Mrs Brown (1997) were filmed in the Double Cube Room, again portraying the interior of Windsor Castle.
Rooms in Wilton House were used for interior scenes at Pemberley (Chatsworth House was used for external shots) in the 2005 film adaptation of Pride and Prejudice. Scenes from The Young Victoria, a 2009 film about the early years of Queen Victoria’s reign, were filmed at the house. Wilton House was Croft Manor in the 2018 movie Tomb Raider and the Double Cube Room appears in nearly every episode of Peter Morgan’s series The Crown, where it is used to represent one of the formal rooms at Buckingham Palace.
Wilton House is not the only example of fine architecture locally. The church of St Mary and St Nicholas is one of the town’s most treasured possessions buildings. It is a true architectural showpiece that was built at the behest of the Russian Dowager Countess of Pembroke, between 1881 and 1844.
Newer buildings are everywhere, with homes of all vintages and shapes and sizes on the dear side – Wilton is prized – and pricey.
However if you have deep pockets Wilton offers the kind of English country living and gentility few places can match.
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