Chippenham, Wiltshire, is about 60 miles east of Cardiff.
Its an old town and its importance can be dated back to King Alfred AD849 - 899, who when he was king of Wessex had a palace here. Alfred at that time was trying to supress the Viking invasion. After a few battles he decided to try for peace so by paying them from his treaure chest he managed to persuade them to return to northern Britain.
Here's what it looked like in Tudor times.
I'll show you more later.