Established in 1957 Whites estate agent boasts a strong heritage not just with Salisbury where our office is based, but also with the surrounding villages where we sell and let houses, one of which is Wilton.
For those of you unfamiliar with Wilton, it is an amazing historic town dating back to the Anglo-Saxons in the 8th Century 'AD', and by the late 9th century it was the capital of Wiltunscire, a Shire of the Kingdom of Wessex
Wilton has been the sight of many a battle. In ad 871 Alfred The Great fought and lost an important battle there against the Danish Armies. Despite further attacks, Wilton remained a prosperous town, as recorded in the Domesday Book.
After the surrendering of Wilton Abbey to Henry VIII. In 1539 during the dissolution of the monasteries in 1541 much of the estate was granted to Earl William Herbert of Pembroke, upon which Wilton House was built and is still a focal point of Wilton.
Today Wilton is perfectly positioned as a unique standalone town with a great history – Did you know the town is famous for its carpets which have been manufactured in Wilton since the 18th century?
It is such a pretty place, but within close proximity to Salisbury for further amenities or jobs. It also boasts many shops, places of interest, garden centres and leisure facilities; plus it is surrounded by stunning countryside.
Whites is a family company and has a heritage in which its history is strongly entwined with Wilton. Our MD, Marcus Shepherd spent his formative years in Wilton. His Great Grandfather William Shepherd (known as Will) was Mayor and Alderman of Wilton. His son William (known as Archie) (Marcus’s Grandfather) was the first person to build on Shaftesbury Road and had sole ownership of Dalston Terrace and still today the family own two houses.
Marcus’s grandfather William was also a grocer at 89 North Street (per the above picture). Not to forget Marcus’s father, Trevor Shepherd (who was former owner and Senior Partner of Whites) and was born in Wilton. He was part of a team instrumental in our close relationship (which remains today) with Wilton Estate using former Wilton Estate land to build the Hockey and Cricket Club known as The Clubhouse on the edge of Wilton at Skew Bridge.
We love Wilton house. It is a beautiful English country house with amazing grounds too – and great playgrounds for those of you with kids. It has been the country seat of the Earls of Pembroke for over 400 years. For car enthusiasts - do look out for various car events too and also Walk for Wards raising money for Salisbury Hospital Stars Appeal.
We love this wonderful and super impressive Italianate Basilica of St Mary and Nicholas which was erected to a design by TH Wyatt in 1840-1845 under the patronage of Catherine Woronzow and her son Sidney, Lord Herbert of Lea, 12th Earl of Pembroke.
We love Salisbury Racecourse based in Wilton. They annually stage sixteen flat race meetings between the end of April and early October. For people with families note they have great family race days too!
Held at Wilton House the International equestrian event is held each year in July. For those not riding it is a great spectator event and a chance to watch some of the best event riders.
This a great place to visit for those with green fingers. It also has a popular aquatic shop, a huge shopping area, and a great café.
Located in the centre of Wilton it provides a great location for conferences, meetings, classes, socials, parties, jumble sales, bazaars, private parties, coffee mornings and has parking for twenty-five cars.
This has a variety of shops and cafés – plus a great place for teeny kids to play in called Role Play World.
Great pubs and cafes
For dog lovers - Whites love Monty and Mabels Cafe
Other great pubs too are:
There is a popular market twice a week on Tuesday and Thursdays.
Park & ride
There is a great park and ride system from Wilton to Salisbury
With a number of Whites staff having lived or still living in Wilton, here is what they have to say..
Matthew (from our Sales Team)
“I lived in Wilton for 15 years and feel it is a town that has everything you want in terms of amenities”.
June (from our Lettings Team ) still lives in Wilton.
“I love being able to access the town centre so easily; but also the great walks that are available for me and my dog.”
Suzanne (from our Sales Team)
“I used to rent in Victoria Road and was overwhelmed by the sense of community. As you walk down North Street everyone says hello”.
Over the years Whites has both sold and let many houses in Wilton. We think Wilton has a great mix of houses with types to suit all. There are character cottages in the town centre, new builds on Wilton Hill, to 1960’s bungalows on Bulbridge Road and for those wishing for woodland walks on their doorstep living on the Wishford side of Wilton will give you good access to Grovely Woods.
The following are properties we have available TO LET or FOR SALE.
Wilton - Kingsbury Square £2,250
A Grade II 5 bedrooms listed townhouse with extensive gardens close to Wilton town centre.
A charming and very nicely presented 3 bed period cottage located in the centre of Wilton.
A modernised two bedroom first floor flat in the centre of Wilton.
A 300 year old farmhouse on the edge of the town, siding onto the River Wylye.
A well-presented three bedroom house with well-proportioned accommodation arranged over three floors
A well-presented first floor flat situated in Wilton centre.