Romans in Britain, Roman coins and artefacts found in various locations including Holbrook and New Barns Farm.
Roman coinage terms survived in UK until the currency was decimalised in the early 1970s. The Latin words were libra, solidus and denarius – or LSD. Libra meant pound, solidus meant shilling and denarius meant penny.
The first of two major fires (second 1747); town rebuilt by Nathaniel Ireson, architect, potter (1685-1769).
Image: This is believed to be the only building in town that survived the fires of 1707 and 1747. Now a dental surgery.
Napoleonic wars, 400 French prisoners of war billeted in the town, one of whom was Bioletti.
The six-year old future Queen Victoria stayed a night at The Greyhound, Market Place, Wincanton.
National School opens in North Street.
Opening of Somerset and Dorset Joint Railway, including a station at Wincanton (closed 1966).
Dairy factory opens, later Cow & Gate.
Isolation hospital for scarlet fever patients. This became Verrington Hospital, now known as Wincanton Community Hospital.
Wincanton Racecourse opens at Kingwell Farm site.
American bomber (known as Old Faithful), returning from a raid, crashes near the town.
Wincanton Bypass (A303) opens.
Tennis star Pat Cash opens new sports centre at King Arthur’s School.
Wincanton twinned with Ankh Morpork, Terry Pratchett’s fictional location.
Travelodge opens at Lawrence Hill business park (a coaching inn, 21st century style).
Former MP Robert Boscawen dies, aged 80; MP for Somerton and Frome (including Wincanton), from 1983-1992; he was the last member of the House of Commons to hold a Military Cross for action during the Second World War.