The Borough Lands

Today, the Borough Lands makes up over 70 acres of land, mainly in the centre of Chippenham.

The Jubilee Building

Built in 1887 to celebrate Queen Victoria’s Golden Jubilee; it serves as a charitable building and was later established as a Literary Institute. The building was previously a library and administered as a council; CBLC bought it in 1995, completely refurbished in 1998 and the charity moved in 1999.

The ground and first floors are available for hire to charitable or community organisations whilst the top floors are currently offices

Land and Buildings

The Borough Lands owns the following land and buildings:building2

  • Jubilee Building
  • Westmead Playing Field and Pavilion (which is leased to Chippenham
  • Town Council)
  • The land by Pewsham Way and Mortimore’s Wood on which part of the cycle track runs
  • The land at the top of Westmead Playing Field where St John’s Ambulance and the 10th Chippenham Scouts have their buildings
  • Pewsham Community Centre
  • Kingsley Road Community Centre
  • The portacabin at Monkton Park School-Riverside Pre-School

Mortimore’s Wood

This beautiful area of woodland owned by CBLC is managed by the Mortimore’s Wood Volunteers. Theirobjectives are to manage and improve the woodland in order to maximise the value to wildlife and increase the diversity of plant life within the wood. Their aim is to provide an area available to the population of Chippenham for rest, relaxation and enjoyment; as well as educational purposes for local  schools.

MW river

Baydon’s Meadow

In the year 2000, the charity purchased an additional 6.1 acres of land in the area of Baydon’s Lane. Baydon’s Meadow is a small area beside the River Avon and in 2003, CBLC employed a Project Officer in order to initiate a community wildlife project on the site.

The triangular site is bordered by the river on the north-east side and the cycle path on the west, making it an idyllic and relaxing spot. The creation of the cycle path and bridge over the river has created better access to and from the meadow and town centre, public transport systems and schools. Volunteers of all ages have begun restoring the meadow, and many wild flowers have been introduced to the area including a newhedgerow and mixed native shrubs.

Baydons Lane meadow

Westmead Car Park

Westmead Car Park is owned by Chippenham Borough Lands Charity and managed by the Chippenham BID.

A cheaper parking initiative has been launched by Chippenham Borough Lands in partnership with the Chippenham BID.

The initiatives aim is to reduce the cost of parking for low income workers during working hours in Chippenham town centre. The low income car parking spaces have been in operation since August 2015.

A total of 30 spaces at a cost of £10 per month per space were allocated on a ballot basis to local businesses. Permits were also issued to residents of Westmead.

A barrier has been installed at the car park for the benefit of permit holders.