The Great Suffrage Pilgrimage in Chippenham
Like the rest of Britain, Chippenham was involved in both World War I and World War II. Soldiers were billeted here in camps during the First War and the Town Hall became a Red Cross hospital. Local men went off to fight, many never returned. Women took their places in the factories, particularly Westinghouse which was a major munitions supplier in both wars.
Fortunately the town was relatively untouched by bombing during the Second War. One of the few bombs that fell caused more problems when discovered in 1998 than it did at the time. The face of the town has changed drastically since 1945 with many fine old buildings disappearing, none more lamented than the old arched Town Bridge. Even the course of the river has changed.