Chippenham Civic Society

Promoting Civic Pride in Chippenham

Buildings and Places

A selection of articles about buildings and places with a connection to Chippenham.

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Little George

A short history of the Little George Inn in New Road, Chippenham and an account of the Fire in 1903.pdficon_large



 Kinswood House FacadeGeorge White’s House was once a magnificient residence in the High Street Chippenham.

It is now part of Kingswood School in Bath.  This article traces its facinating history from construction to removal.pdficon_large

Constitutional Club

The Constitutional Club in Foghamshire is over 100 years old.

Don Little give us a short history of this imposing building.



Grittleton House

Joseph Neeld (1789-1856) is seen as one of Chippenham’s greatest benefactors.

He also owned many other villages and contributed to the building of local churches. His main legacy was the rebuilding of Grittleton House near Chipppenham. 

This article by Isabel Blackburn outlines his work and discusses the Romanesque architecture of Grittleton House.



The Town Mill

Don Little outlines the history of the Town Millpdficon_large


Chippenham Milestone

Chippenham Milestones

Often forgotten or hidden in the undergrowth, milestones are the signposts we no longer refer to, but they are a reminder of an age when that extra mile was very important when travelling on foot or by horse.   Andrew Baddeley-Chapell points us in the right direction in this article.






The Yelde Hall Restoration in 2016.

The Yelde Hall is one of the most important buildings in Chippenham.  In this article, Elaine Davis highlights some of the remedial work completed in 2016.

The Evolution of Bowood House and Estate Since 1945

Bowood Park was once part of the Royal Forest of Chippenham.  Today Bowood House is part of the Historic Houses Association.  In this report by Dr Robert Blackburn, Lord Lansdowne outlines the history and devlopment of Bowood House from 1945 up to the present day.




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