The Shepton Mallet Heritage Trails app is a free resource giving users access to eight themed trails showcasing Shepton Mallet’s social, economic and cultural history.

The app was developed as a partnership between Shepton Mallet Town Council, the Darshill and Bowlish Conservation Society and the Shepton Mallet Local History Society. The aim of the app is make our town’s history accessible to a wide audience, both visitors and local residents interested in their town’s vibrant past.

Use the GPS-assisted map to follow each trail across the town and explore well-known landmarks and off-the-beaten-track gems. The audio narration provides you with a wealth of historic facts, first-hand testimonies and commentary which paint a rich picture of our town’s social, economic and cultural past. While on the app you will find historic images of both everyday life and key moments of our town’s history.

Highlights to look out for on the trails include: ‘the most glorious of all the waggon roofs in England’; the drink which revolutionised social attitudes to women; the story of ‘the finest of all draperies’; fire, child labour and destitution; stories from the oldest prison in the country; John Lewis, the founder of a retail institution; ‘the snowdrop king’; a human-powered flour mill; wife-selling; a ‘spite’ wall; and a dancing bear.

The app will be launched in Summer 2021 and will be available to download for free on both iOS and Android operating systems.