Local History

new_email_requestWelcome to Axminster Heritage Centre’s ‘Local History’ home page. Our long-term objective is to increase public access to a wide range of information about the history of our town and its surrounds, and we have organised the information under four headings. The website contains many ‘live’ documents covering individual topics, which will be expanded and enhanced via an active process of user feed-back and pro-active research on our part.

1. Thomas Whitty and early Axminster carpets
This section of the website covers the Whitty family, the carpet-making process starting in 1755, details about some of the more famous carpets made in Axminster, and how Axminster’s ‘first carpet age’ came to an end in 1835. This important aspect of Axminster’s heritage is also the largest single focus of the exhibits in the Axminster Heritage Centre.
2. Introduction to the history of Axminster
This is the first section of the website to be populated with information. Please click on the link above to discover more.
3. Axminster people, organisations, occupations, places and events

While we build this part of the website, we would particularly welcome suggestions and contributions from far and wide. If in doubt please contact us at with your suggestion(s), and we will do our best to incorporate them.
Our aim is not to duplicate information already available elsewhere, so we will also provide
4. Links to other websites

The Gallery is now closed for Winter

We Re-open Easter 2017


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Silver Street
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