Surrounding the town are a number of stone-built villages, including Lacock (National Trust), Biddestone, Bremhill, and Castle Combe. The great house and art treasures of Longleat, Bowood House, Lacock Abbey, Sheldon Manor and Corsham Court are within easy reach. Chippenham Museum and Heritage Centre is in the town centre and tells the story of the market town.
Danish Vikings successfully besieged Chippenham in 878, though Alfred escaped. Later that year, at the Battle of Ethandun, Alfred decisively defeated the Danes, whose forces then surrendered to Alfred at Chippenham (ushering in the establishment of the Danelaw).
The Town Market occurs every Friday & Saturday in the Market Place, with ongoing craft shows, antique and book fairs.
Chippenham is well served with sports clubs and leisure facilities. The Olympiad Centre opened in 1989, replacing an outdoor pool which had closed in 1984. It caters for a wide range of interests and has a variety of swimming pools and full gym facilities. It also hosts events including the popular annual CAMRA Beer Festival.
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Chippenham has a bus station with several routes and companies serving it. These Include Stagecoach with the route 55 to Swindon, First with the 231 to Bath, Faresaver with the X31 to Bath and X34 to Trowbridge & Frome as well as several other local routes, Coachstyle with the 92 to Malmesbury. APLtravel with the 33 to Devizes.
damionwell i was living in chippenham when this was taken but i really do like seeing what our town used to look like. it's a very nice picture
In the 2011 census, 59.6% of the population in Chippenham Parish defined themselves as Christian, 31.1% said they were of no religion and 7.3% did not state a religion.
Until 2010, the town of Chippenham was within the parliamentary constituency of North Wiltshire, traditionally a Tory stronghold, although in the 19th century some Liberal members were elected. Boundary changes for the 2010 general election saw Liberal Democrat candidate Duncan Hames become the new Member of Parliament for Chippenham, a newly created constituency formed from parts of three neighbouring constituencies, while James Gray (Conservative) held the North Wiltshire constituency.
Chippenham is set on a prominent crossing of the River Avon and lies between the Malborough Downs to the East, the Cotswolds to the North and West and Salisbury Plain to the South. Surrounding the Town are a number of stone-built Cotswold villages villages, including Lacock (National Trust), Biddestone and Castle Combe. The great house and art treasures of Longleat, Bowood, Lacock Abbey, Sheldon Manor and Corsham Court are within easy reach.
The offices of North Wiltshire District Council were based in the town until 2009, when the council was merged with four other Wiltshire local authorities. The offices in Monkton Park were taken over by the replacement unitary Wiltshire Council, which is based in Trowbridge.
South off M4 Junction 17. On A350 and A4.
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The Chippenham Golf Club, founded in 1896, has gone through many changes in its history, none bigger than the recent opening of 7 new holes and the construction of a new clubhouse. This evolution has made Chippenham a great option for all golfers whether it is membership, visiting golfers or societies. The three newly constructed holes are real feature holes and provide further interest to the layout. This is combined with a very friendly, welcoming and relaxed feel.
Historically a market town, Chippenham's economy has since changed to that of a commuter town with residents travelling to workplaces in Bath, Bristol, Swindon and even London (almost 100 miles to the east).
On 17 April 1960, American singers Eddie Cochran and Gene Vincent, and songwriter Sharon Sheeley, were involved in a car crash in Chippenham at Rowden Hill. Cochran died as a result of his injuries and a memorial plaque was erected near the site. Each year Chippenham hosts an Eddie Cochran festival (see below).
Spectacular late 17th-century mansion, garden and deer park (16 miles from Chippenham)
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There are ten primary schools in the town:
In 2005, Europe's second largest logistics organisation, Wincanton PLC, consolidated its head office operations and moved to the newly developed Methuen Park office development in west Chippenham, where it employs around 350 people.
Chippenham is one of Wiltshire's most dynamic market towns with a population of over 40,000. The combination of the old and the new, the historic architectural gems, modern shopping centres and nearness to some of the country’s greatest houses and historic villages, makes this town midway between Bath and Swindon an ideal location for touring and access to the southern Cotswolds.
Film location - Pride and Predujice (2005) - The scenes at Longbourn were filmed at Luckington Court, near Chippenham.
Pamela Lynch (nee Cook)Phillip Sheldon, I have that Photo ,Roland was my Grandfather , how can I contact you I am in Australia.See genesconnect site
Chippenham is twinned with La Flèche in France and Friedberg in Germany.
John Courtenay WilcoxVery interesting especiallt the photo with the old biplane.
The town was established on a crossing of the River Avon and some form of settlement is believed to have existed there since before Roman times. It was a royal vill, and probably a royal hunting lodge, under Alfred the Great. The primary school, King's Lodge School, gets its name from this tradition.
In 2012, developers won the right to build on this area, despite fierce opposition from resident groups.
The Yelde Hall is one of very few remaining medieval timber framed buildings in the town. It was originally divided up internally for use as a market hall. Both the hall and its meeting room upstairs were used by the burgess and bailiff for a variety of meetings and trials as well as for Council meetings. The space under the Council Chamber was used as the town gaol. After the Council and Burgess (now Mayor) moved to the Town Hall, on the High Street, in 1841, the hall had various uses:
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Mark AskewI think chippenham needes to be a lot better.. i live in trowbridge and the ratings here are great I LOVE TROWBRIDGE!!
Due to drainage work, 1 st tee markers are on the ladies tee.
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Helen BakerI am trying to find images of Chippenham in the 1930s so dates on your/more photos would be really helpfull
In his will of 1661, Richard Scott directed that his house in Cooke's Street should be used as a school, and William Woodruffe gave an annuity of £5 in 1664 for the teaching of ten poor boys. In 1713 the school was reopened with a benefaction of £10 per annum for 24 boys.
The Chippenham Folk Festival takes place every year, usually over the Whitsuntide weekend.
September witnesses the Chippenham Open Challenge Fishing Match on the River Avon, together with the Beer Festival. October sees a Classic Car Rally and celebrates 50’s rock with the annual Eddie Cochran Festival.
From Chapman's harbour. It might share toponomy with Copenhagen (København - "Market harbour". Older name: Køpmannæhafn, "Chapman's Harbour" ). In Swedish, Köpenhamn (pronounced "Shopenham"). In Norwegian, Kjøpenhavn (Pronounced "Shiopenhavn")
King Alfred The Great (born in Wantage in AD 849), Anglo Saxon King of England, had a palace in Chippenham.
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The former Chippenham Technical College on Cocklebury Road is now part of the Wiltshire College initiative.