Our History

 


Chippenham has a royal history as King Alfred had his palace here further up Gladstone Road (opposite the Gladstone Arms and across to the Library and the town's museum).

 

Chippenham Museum

It also has a strong history of non-conformism being a place where George Whitefield preached and where John Cennick had a thriving ministry, as well as the strengthening of the early Quaker movement in some of the surrounding villages.The town was a textile centre and market town. Oliver Cromwell is recorded as staying in the coaching inn where the shop Iceland now stands as he travelled along the main road from London to the west.

The town was a textile centre and market town. Our own shop building is thought to be a seventeenth century weaver's cottage with large windows upstairs to catch the natural light. Journeyman weavers were famous up and down the country for taking the Gospel with them to the villages and small-holdings where they would be employed to do a few week's weaving at a time. Another reason for the strong non-conformist tradition of the town was possibly the Great Western Railway. The main railway line from south Wales via Bristol to London Paddington crosses the main street of the town (halfway up New Road) over the famous Brunel Railway Arches. Brunel's site office that he used while building the railway is in the forecourt of Chippenham Railway Station.

As Chippenham is right on the southern edge of the Cotswolds, the buildings made of Bath stone have a very picturesque quality. The surrounding villages are often used for film locations, such as Lacock (the National Trust village) Luckington and Castle Combe. Please go to the Tourist Information website via this link for further information, and for accommodation details if you would like to visit the area. Its proximity to Bath (only 12 miles) makes it a useful holiday location.

 

Chippenham Tourist Information

Revelation Christian Resource Centre has taken its place in the centre of the town since 1985. We love having people to visit us from other parts of the country as well as from our own locality. So if you are a visitor to the town, please let us know and we will be happy to give you any information that you might need about Chippenham and directions to places including the best restaurants & tea shops!

If you are new to the town and would like more specific information about churches, their services and contact details, again, please ask and we'll be happy to pass this information to you as well as details of any of the many christian organisations in the town including the homeless project, Nightshift, the pregnancy crisis centre, the children's centres, youth cafe, Chippenham Churches Together, the planned Street Pastor Scheme, Lent lectures, Debt counselling centre (CAP), etc and any other local christian intiatives that you might be interested in finding out about.

Our shop is officially the only building in River Street (number 1!) and the carpark runs across where the rest of this mediaeval street used to be until the 1970s. The street is easily accessed both from the Borough Parade Carpark off Gladstone Road and the pedestrianised High Street. Cars are allowed normal access along the High Sreet after 7.30pm every day. From the High Street take the walkway (River Street) between Burtons mens clothing shop and the Hearing Centre, and Revelation CRC is at the end of the alleyway on the right hand side. If you are coming from the Borough Parade Carpark, our shop is right at the top of the carpark by the mural (which is on our side wall).

Below is a brief timeline of the history specific to the ministry of Revelation Christian Resource Centre. Please follow this link to view a brief timeline of the history of Revelation Christian Resource Centre in PDF format.

 

County Records office (Wiltshire & Swindon History Centre) 
Chippenham is now the home of the county’s archives for the whole of Wiltshire at the County Records Office.  It’s a fantastic resource in a state of the art building with helpful and informative staff.  Well worth a visit!