Chippenham began as a Saxon settlement in about the 6th century, part of the Kingdom of Wessex. In the late 9th century, Alfred the Great had a royal hunting lodge here. From that time, there has been a bridge across the Avon. The first house on the High Street side of Town Bridge was Bridge House, once a public house/hotel and then a long-standing grocery and wine store, until its demolition in the 1950s.
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