Chippenham from Old Photographs

on Tuesday, 24 November 2020.

Book Review

Chris Breach
Stroud: Amberley Books, 2019
ISBN 978 14456 591 4
96 pages, paperback £14.99, paperback

This is the latest in the ‘From Old Photographs’ series from Amberley, and it doesn’t disappoint.

There is a short introduction to the origins of the town, alongside a colourful artist-drawn map marking out some of the prominent sites. The contents are split up by area with a variety of historic photographs on display including shops and industrial premises, built features such as bridges; even an ice rink and diving board, but also events like floods and fire, and celebrations; processions and even elephants in town!

The author’s caption commentary is interesting and informative; many images are referenced. The photographs date from the early 1900s to the 1920s.

If you know the town of Chippenham, you will delight in looking at the finer details in the photographs which are well reproduced. The construction of the roads, how wide they look with no traffic… to the long-lost paddling pool at John Coles Park. This publication is well worth perusing. An interesting, relaxing and entertaining read.

Chippenham from Old Photographs is available to view at the Wiltshire & Swindon History Centre, Ref. CHP.771 and will be coming to Wiltshire Libraries soon.

Julie Davis

County Local Studies Librarian, Wiltshire & Swindon History Centre

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