Calne Heritage Quarter
Calne Heritage Quarter is an area of the town centre celebrated for its historic character and charm.
To learn more about Calne's Heritage Quarter, download a 'Discover Calne' leaflet here.
New Heritage Quarter Maps Unlock
It’s never been easier to discover Calne’s thriving past with the installation of six new maps around the town’s Heritage Quarter. Each of the six maps contains site-specific information and historical photographs, offering readers a glimpse into the past of each location.
Produced in collaboration between Calne Heritage Centre, Calne Town Council and community tourism group Calne Our Place, the maps are designed to encourage both visitors and residents to step off the beaten track and explore Calne’s historic streets and parks.
Sue Boddington, curator of Calne Heritage Centre, describes “We hope these attractive and informative maps placed in strategic locations will help visitors and residents to understand and appreciate the town's long and fascinating history and stimulate a desire to visit the Heritage Centre, with its wealth of photographs and information, to discover more.”
The maps can be found on interpretation boards outside Calne Heritage Centre and on The Green, as well as in bus stops on the High Street, The Pippin and either side of The Strand. Funded by grants from Wiltshire Council through Calne Area Board and Calne Chamber of Commerce, the maps also feature the location of Calne’s Blue Plaques and points of interest within the Heritage Quarter.
Calne Heritage Quarter was delineated 18 months ago by community tourism group Calne Our Place. The quarter is one of a number of the group’s initiatives to raise the town’s profile as a place to visit, as Claire Selman, Calne Town Council Publicity & Promotions Officer, describes. “Calne benefits from a huge amount of volunteer support in the promotion of the town, with Calne Our Place working on a number of exciting projects to attract people to the area such as the development of the A4 as a tourist trail. There are plenty of ways to get involved, like ‘Calne Our Place’ on Facebook to get in touch or contact myself at Calne Town Council on 01249 814000.”
Calne Heritage Centre is free to visit and open Wednesdays to Saturdays 10am to 4pm and Sundays 2pm to 4pm. Learn more about the town’s past with a programme of walks, talks and events during Calne Heritage Week from the 5th to 11th September.
Calne Blue Plaque Trail
Ten plaques in Calne act as a reminder of the town’s past, including the site of the Harris bacon factory, the end of the canal and the location of the town’s stocks. The Calne Blue Plaque Trail is a walk around the centre of the town visiting Ten points of interest. Use the Google Map below to see where each plaque is situated and find out more about each location.
Guided tours of the Blue Plaque Trail can be arranged for the cost of a donation to Calne Heritage Centre. Please contact Sue Boddington on +44 (0)1380 828851.
Two hours free parking in Calne Heritage Quarter Car Park
Shoppers are now able to enjoy free car parking for two hours in Calne’s Heritage Quarter Car Park.
This success follows a campaign led by local businesses and Town Councillors, with the Town Council’s Town Development and Planning Committee agreeing to subsidise a six month trial with £3,600 paid to Wiltshire Council from Calne Town Council’s general reserves.
The trial is hoped to increase footfall to the independent businesses and historic streets within the Heritage Quarter.
Accessed from the A4 and known to locals as Church Street car park, the site has recently been renamed to draw attention to the historic buildings that surround it.
Calne Heritage Quarter is the perfect place to while away an afternoon with beautiful green spaces, quirky historic streets and independent shops and cafes.
To get a flavour of Calne Heritage Quarter, read Visit Wiltshire's blog article written after a guided walk led during Calne Heritage Week.
This year Calne Heritage Week will be held Monday 5th to Sunday 11th September, click here for more information.
Calne Our Place
The town's Heritage Quarter was delineated in 2014 by local tourism group Calne Our Place. The group is formed from representatives from local businesses, community groups, councillors and town council staff in a drive to engage visitors and put Calne and surrounding villages on the tourist map.
Find out more about Calne Our Place here.
Follow Calne Our Place on Facebook for local tourism news and ideas for days out.