During this time period Wootton Bassett was owned by a line of the  Englefield family.

Several charities for the poor of Wootton Bassett were founded. In 1700 Charles Compton left a third of the residue of his estate to the poor of Wootton Bassett and Lyneham.

PERIOD: 1603-1714

MUSEUM OBJECTS: Ducking StoolCannonball

LOCAL INFORMATION: The town hall was built in 1690. During the reign of William III (William of Orange).


Further information about the Stuarts

SIGNIFICANT INDIVIDUALS: James I, Guy Fawkes, Samuel Pepys, Charles I, Sir Christopher Wren.

KEY WORDS: Gunpowder plot, Mayflower, English Civil War, Fire of London.