Once described by Edward Hutton as ‘one of the sleepiest places in England’, the market town of Chippenham has seen some drastic changes over the last two hundred years. The town’s now thriving population is at its highest ever level, its beautiful historic buildings are in more demand than ever, and new industries, buildings and roads appear all the time, forever changing the town’s landscape.
Chronicling the changing appearance of the town and unveiling a wealth of historic detail, author Mike Stone delves into Chippenham’s evolving landscape, using evocative archive images to illustrate how the town has changed over the years. From the largely unchanged Market Place to the nearly unrecognisable Cattle Market, Chippenham Then & Now will evoke nostalgic memories and is sure to captivate local residents and history enthusiasts alike.
- 90 archive and modern images compared, depicting the changing face of Chippenham.
- Including detailed captions about the changes in the area, Mike Stone compares streets, buildings and people at work – capturing life how it once was and it today.
- Witness the people of the past juxtaposed against their twenty-first century descendants.
- Part of The History Press’ brand new Then & Now series, produced in hardback and in full colour.
Mike Stone is a keen local historian who for ten years was the curator of Chippenham Museum and Heritage Centre. He is the author of a number of titles, including Chippenham in Old Photographs for The History Press.