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A number of new signs cropped up around the centre of Chippenham at the weekend as part of the first #FringeFeb. A great way of cheering up what’s been a dreary February.

It was fun to go round spotting them. I didn’t get them all, but watch out for a special Friday Bench later this week 🙂

Friday Bench: Railway Viaduct with Blue Plaque

This forlorn looking bench sits where New Road curves round into Chippenham’s main shopping area. Its proximity to the railway viaduct and the traffic lights rather than the town’s main action somehow makes it a place to pass by rather than to pause, just like this young mother did.

The blue plaque is showing that the viaduct was designed by the great engineer Brunel as part of his Great Western Railway. It’s a listed building and at the last time of looking was also on the Buildings at Risk register.