ARTWORK on a formerly blank wall in Trowbridge is confusing passers-by and could be one of the largest illusions of its kind in the country.

A Trompe L'oeil, which means trick of the eye in French, was unveiled on Wednesday to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the Trowbridge Civic Society.

The mural, painted on a wall in Roundstone Street, fools the viewer into believing the picture is really a proper house.

But the door and windows are just paintings carried out by Wiltshire Steeplejacks and artist Roger Smith.

Margaret Howard, chairman of Trowbridge civic society, said: "It's a trick on the eye and has really brightened up this area of the town.

"We have been working for four years and it looks fantastic, there are even curtains and a card in the window.

"This could be one of the largest of its kind in Wessex, if not the country."

The project also includes a Georgian Grade II listed wrought iron overthrow for a lantern and was jointly funded by Trowbridge historic buildings joint committee, civic society, town council and Robert Bodimead the owner of the building.

The Trompe L'oeil was opened by mayor Glynn Bridges and civic society chairman Margaret Howard on Wednesday morning.

Artists and steeplejacks took two months to complete the Trompe L'oeil but the idea was first discussed in 1999.

The civic society aims to improve and preserve buildings in Trowbridge and the surrounding villages.