|The Buttercross, Chippenham|
Today we went into Chippenham, our nearest market town, to do some clothes shopping. We weren’t looking for any designer shops but headed straight to Millets. Half an hour later we came out of the shop laden with new waterproof walking boots and jackets. Trendy, fashionable footwear seems to be a thing of the past now that we have a dog to walk. The boots that I bought back in the summer in France let in water but my new Berghaus boots are guaranteed to be waterproof. Time will tell.
I also picked up a new Vileda mop, ideal for quickly cleaning up muddy paw prints.
Chippenham is a typical old, Wiltshire town with the Buttercross, a stone structure dating back to 1570, standing in the market square; it was used for the sale of meat and dairy products. In 1889 the Buttercross was sold for £6 and re-erected as a gazebo in the gardens of a local manor house where it subsequently fell into disrepair. It was only restored to its original site in town in 1995 with funding from local people.