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ONLINE TALK: King Alfred and the Origins of Chippenham

The settlement of Chippenham is first mentioned in 853 AD, with strong connections to King Alfred and later Saxon kings of Wessex.

Location and layout of the settlement, known as Villa Regia, an important centre in the Saxon period, will be covered. Over the last 30 years excavations and watching briefs have identified the importance of archaeology in locating the beginning of the settlement. This presentation will review the archaeological evidence from prehistory to the Tudors.

Mike Stone has carried out excavations in the town and is currently collating the archaeological archive and finds for publication.

Zoom webinar.
The link is sent to ticket-holders on the day of the event, before 7pm.

Tickets and booking
£10 per screen
All proceeds to the Victoria County History Wiltshire Trust, who have organised this lecture.
Booking – essential via ONLINE link below.

Date and Time
Wednesday 29 June, 7.30pm

Terms and Conditions
Unless sold out, bookings will close at 5 pm on the day of the event.
Booking for events
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Those interested in this talk may also like to know about a walking tour of Chippenham, led by Mike Stone.

Meet 1.30 pm at the front of Chippenham Museum in the Market Place on Saturday, 9 July 2022.

Join Mike Stone for a leisurely walk around the core of Chippenham highlighting archaeological finds, buildings and trades. At about 3.00 pm we will visit the archaeological galleries in Chippenham Museum.

There is a limit of 20 people for this tour so it would be wise to book early. To book please email David Moss at
Payment of £15 a head for each tour should be made by BACS if possible: sort code 40 52 40, account no 00033115; please give your surname as reference. Otherwise, cheques should be made payable to Wiltshire VCH Trust and sent to Mrs Tean Dallaway, 15 St George’s Place, Semington, Wiltshire, BA14 6GB.

Wiltshire Museum (WANHS) do not have any responsibility for this tour or details on external websites.

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  • 29th June 2022
  • 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
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