To most people, the first mention of Witney is closely followed by the word ‘blanket’. For hundreds of years, the town has been associated with the manufacture of blankets. You will find within our doors a ‘treasure trove’ of rich history about the blanket history and the people who were part of it.
Witney Museum opened in 1996. The museum is situated in a traditional Cotswold stone building that was once the home of Malachi Bartlett, the proprietor of a well-known building firm.
Witney, having a population of over 27,000 people has a thriving shopping centre alongside an open market which has operated within the town for many years. In the past, on every other Thursday, cattle, sheep, pigs and chickens were sold in the Market Square. The mess, noise and smell in the town centre on market days must have been formidable, with trails of dung in the streets left by animals being walked in from the nearby farms or from the railway station, that sadly no longer exists. The market still operates in the town selling local produce, plants, clothes and array of other items.