Chippenham Civic Society

Promoting Civic Pride in Chippenham

Town Life

A series of articles which reflect life in the market town of Chippenham, both past and present.

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Sheldon Crest

Sheldon School Celebrates Half Century

In 2009 Sheldon School reached its 50th Birthday. Caroline Fowke takes us through its early history.pdficon_large

St-Pauls-School-PupilsSt Paul’s School

This local infant school closed in 1973.  Where was it located?  No trace of the school building now remains but this short article highlights its history and what replaced it.pdficon_large

Francis Kilvert

Blood on the streets of Chippenham

Between 1870 and 1879 Franics Kilvert kept a diary in which he paints a vivid picture of life as a village clergyman.

In this extract he recounts the local rivalry between the men of Langley Burrell and Chippenham, which resulted in many injuries one day in 1871, when the feud spilled into the streets of Chippenham.pdficon_large

Drill_HallGrand Designs, The Builders of Chippenham

Chippenham contains two hundred and eighty two buildings of historical interest.  However there are many more buildings that are not listed which have contributed to the life of the town. But who built them?

In this article we look at the men and the companies that created the familiar landmarks in the town.pdficon_large

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