It was launched in 1981 as the Trowbridge Star. From 1987 to 1992 it was renamed the West & North Wilts Star; it then spent just over a year as the Trowbridge, Bradford & Melksham Star before reverting to its original title in August 1993. In March 1994 it became simply the Star, then almost reverted to a former title in 2002 when it was renamed the West & North Wiltshire Star. It’s been the Wiltshire Star since 2005.
It has no website of its own; the URL below used to redirect to the Times‘s website, but now takes visitors to a general website for Newsquest’s Wiltshire newspapers.
It claims to be the most widely read of any newspaper in its distribution area. Since 2009 there have been two editions: North and West. A small number of each edition (about 10 per cent of the print run) is distributed via pickup points in supermarkets.
It comes out on Thursdays.