This delightful, old Saxon
market town near Swindon was mentioned in the
Domesday Book and is said to have been
bequeathed by Alfred the Great to his daughter
Its most evocative houses are timber framed and date back to the 16th century.
Nearby Dyrham Park is a 270-acre deer park and 17th century mansion containing furniture, Dutch delftware and paintings.
In modern times Chippenham
was the scene of a car crash in 1960 that
killed the singer Eddie Cochran.
A stone marks the fateful site and each year the towns stages a special rock ‘n’ roll weekend in his memory.
Sheldon is Wiltshire’s oldest
inhabited manor house and is surrounded by a
Some of Britain’s greatest ‘wonders, including the prehistoric site known as Avebury, the largest man-made earth mound in Europe, Silbury Hill, and West Kennet Long Barrow, the only open burial chamber in Europe, can all be found nearby.