Westbury Arts Centre is situated on the former Westbury Farm site in the area of Shenley Wood. The centre is made up of the main building which is grade II listed and part of which dates back to the 17th Century, and a barn and outbuildings. The surrounding grounds are home to a wide variety of plants and animals including protected bats and great crested newts, bee hives and several apple and fruit trees.
The Domesday Book has a reference to Westbury (Westberie: Payne from Roger d’Ivry. 2 mills). Situated at the rear of the centre is the ancient woodland, Shenley Wood which was once the site of Saxon and Roman settlements.Local Hazeley Academy students are interested in researching the history of Westbury, which dates back to the Norman Conquest. A group of students have submitted an ‘expression of interest’ to the Heritage Lottery Fund for a ‘Young Roots’ Grant to fund their research, and have now received the go ahead to submit a full application, which can be for up to £50,000.
Hazeley Academy have worked closely with Westbury Arts Centre throughout, and plan to visit us throughout their research.