Thursday, 3 December 2015

History of Chippenham

History of ChippenhamDiscoveries have shown signs of communes before Roman times in the Chippenham area. It is deemed that the town has been founded by Anglo Saxons around 600. According to Anglo-Saxon Chronicle, the settlement is known as Cippanhamme. This refers to Cippa who had his Hamm, an enclosure in the river meadow. But as per other assumptions, the name is derived from the Anglo-Saxon word Ceap, meaning market. The name is documented differently throughout history as Cippanhamm (878), Cepen (1042), Cheppeham (1155), Chippenham (1227), Shippenham (1319) and Chippyngham (1541).Reference

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