When was your house built?

Please help us by completing this short questionnaire.

Our objective is to create a reliable record of when houses in the town were built, so that we can produce a detailed account showing the ‘waves of growth’ that have affected Axminster since 1900.

Your involvement will be crucial to the success of this project.

Walk into our story of Axminster. The town has origins in the Bronze and Stone Ages, later becoming a major crossroads on the Roman Fosse Way. It became a busy agricultural market town post its 1210 charter and an important brush making centre, notably for toothbrushes.  Axminster’s world famous quality carpet making business is at the heart of our story. A local man, Thomas Whitty, set up his manufactory in 1755 and it ran until 1835. On show are displays of spinning, dyeing, weaving, an original 18th century loom and a beautiful 1769 Whitty carpet, televised in Michael Portillo’s Great British Railway Journeys. We regularly add new displays relating to different community interests, these complement our permanent exhibitions.

In addition to the displays in the Gallery we regularly present talks, films, craft courses and social events, see ‘Events’ for details. Fittingly all this is housed on the site of the factory Whitty built for his family business and which subsequently served the town as a court-house and a hospital.

Entry is FREE!

The Gallery is now Closed for Winter

We will be re-opening Easter 2018


Thomas Whitty House
Silver Street
EX13 5AH
01297 639884

Bradshaw Room


07958 544694

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