Chippenham

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The Yelde Hall is one of two Grade 2 listed buildings in the town. It was originally used as the council chamber and housed the town jail in the basement. Since then, it has variously housed the fire station and the town museum. Recently restored, it now houses the tourist information office.
Robert Peel, the founder of the Metropolitan (London) Police Force in 1829, and later Prime Minister(December 1834 to April 1835, and Jun 1841 to 1846) became Member of Parliament for the town in around 1812.

The Bear hotel is one of two in the Market Place. The other - The Angel- is one of Chippenhams oldest coaching inns, were travellers would stop over en route to Bristol form London. To the right, and on the opposite side of the road stands the old magistrates court, on the site of King Alfred's hunting lodge. It is now the town museum housing a much more varied display. Entry is free, but donations are always welcome.