Chipping Sodbury DVD: A Small Medieval Town




Chipping Sodbury, situated ten miles east of Bristol and twelve miles north of Bath, was created as a ‘New Town’ in the 12th Century by landowner William Crassus.

Visitors to Chipping Sodbury can hardly fail to notice its unique atmosphere and genuine beauty.

The town’s wide street and gabled properties have guaranteed its protection as a Conservation Area.

In this documentary, Jim Elsworth, Chairman of the Sodbury & District Historical Society, reveals the background of the town’s buildings and its people.

Changes that have occurred this century are reflected by the use of old photographs which contrast with film of the town as it is today.

There is also a special feature on pubs and inns dating from the town’s market and coaching days.

The Clock Tower, the Moda Hotel and Dunkerley’s Garage are all included.

Market and fair rights were granted by Henry III as long ago as 1218.

The market ceased in 1954, but the tradition of the fairs continues with the lively Mop Fair, held twice a year.

Despite a growth in population, and the advent of the motor car, the heart of Chipping Sodbury with its wide street and gabled properties has survived virtually intact.

You are sure to enjoy this historical tour of a truly beautiful small medieval town.

Approx. 80 minutes.

This dvd is being sold on behalf of and with full permission of the copyright owner – 1st Take.