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Chippenham Books and Local Authors

Recent Books from Local Authors

We are always pleased to see local authors release new books.  Here are some recent publications we can recommend.

Allum’s Antiques Almanac 2016

Allum's Antiques Almanac 2016Local resident, Chippenham Civic Society Member, and BBC Antiques Roadshow specialist, Marc Allum launched his new book in November 2015. This is his second annual volume of fascinating stories and illuminating thoughts inspired by his work in the world of art and all things antique.

Using his talents as storyteller and antiques expert, he takes the reader on a journey through an eclectic mix of objects, facts and figures, that even the non-antiques expert can appreciate.

Amongst the tales of objects great and small, Chippenham residents will discover the local connection behind the opening sequence of the BBC TV show and why he gives house room to a carpet that once belonged to J.B Priestley.  Throughout the book, Marc’s love of the stories which surround unusual objects no matter what their value, will not fail to entertain.

The book is available from Chippenham Museum, online and from national bookstores at £16.99

ISBN 978-184831-935-6

From Domesday to Demolition

Domesday to DemolitionDomesday to Demolition: A History of the Flour Mill in Chippenham, Wiltshire 1086-1957, published in 2015 by Ex Libris Press on behalf of Chippenham Museum & Heritage Centre,

In this book, the third in the Chippenham Studies series, Kay S. Taylor tells the story of one of Chippenham’s most interesting lost buildings and the people who owned it.

The  book is available from the Chippenham Museum & Heritage Centre, price £6.95

ISBN 978-1-906641-81-8

Dry Shod to Chippenham

Dry Shod to ChippenhamLocal historian and Civic Society member, Kay S. Taylor is also the author of  ‘Dry Shod to Chippenham: a History of Maud Heath’s Ancient Causeway in North Wiltshire’.  The book is a history of the causeway, life in Chippenham and outlying villages, and has a cast of characters connected with the path since 1474.

This book is now available from Waterstones, Chippenham, as well as the Chippenham Museum & Heritage Centre.

The book is published by ELSP in association with the Maud Heath Trust. It has 248 pages including 58 illustrations and is priced £12.95.

ISBN 978-1-906641-49-8

Chippenham Through Time

chippenham through timeWell known local author, historian and Civic Society member, Mike Stone, has compiled a new volume of old photographs of Chippenham. Each photo is matched with a present day colour view and insightful commentary to give a facinating then-and-now glimpse of life in Chippenham.

With just under 90 pages of photographs, Mike takes the reader on a journery through time, contrasting images of civic buildings, well known shops, local streets and interesting old houses, to paint a picture of a town which still has many fine buildings at its heart.

The book is published by Amberly Publishing as part of their local history series, priced £14.99, and is available at various Chippenham outlets including Waterstones bookshop.

ISBN 978-1-4456-0913-3