Tag Archives: Chippenham

Friday Bench: With cowslips

An unexpected continuance of last week’s bench with spring wild flowers theme. I’ve been meaning for ages to photograph the restored ex bench in the Donkey Field nearby.

A walk back from town in the spring sunshine last week provided the ideal opportunity… and the discovery of a flash of butter yellow cowslips to brighten my view.

Looking at the previous photo, it’s interesting to see how the bench’s surroundings have changed. When it was an ex bench there was lush growth around it. Today’s bare ground and a stray pop bottle suggests it’s well used.

It’s that usage which probably allowed the cowslips to re-emerge or take hold for the first time. Around here they thrive and provide delight where the grass is kept relatively short.

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Friday Bench: Remembrance

A timely find thanks to Philippa Burough via Twitter 🙂 You can see the original tweet + responses to it here.

I’ve also been looking into the soldiers’ stories commemorated in Pewsham’s street names this week. Chippenham must have one of the largest and most unusual war memorials in the country.

Friday Bench: Old Maudy

A suitable post for Friday the 13th?

Here’s a selection of benches from Chippenham station for us to view whilst I try and decide which one (if any) was the bench Old Maudy used to sit on.

I devised a ghost walk for Pewsham Belles WI this week and the railway station was our initial meeting place plus the spot for our first ghostly tale.

More on Old Maudy to come after I’ve distilled our walk and the tales we told into an interactive map.

Energising Business

An ironic find from the photos I took on Saturday of the demolition and soon-to-be-gone buildings on a huge chunk of the Westinghouse site in Chippenham.

Westinghouse continues in its latest incarnation as part of the Siemens Group, but doesn’t need the space it once used as the employer of thousands of Chippenham residents.

If you’ve ever travelled by train or on an underground railway, it’s likely products which originated on this site helped you make that journey.