Many of you many have seen our recent blog where we took as deep dive into the background of the ghost sign, we found on the side of our Chippenham store. However, in doing so, we discovered the vast history that our building holds and have decided to share that with you.

History timeline

1792

The “New Road” was constructed to change the road layout and subsequently to accommodate the building of the Great Western Railway which opened in 1841. From the 1840 Tythe Map, the area between what is now modern Station Hill and Monkton Hill (then Black Horse Hill) was a sawmill.

The Sawmills backed onto the weir (now long removed and underneath Avon Reach offices and the bridge shops) This area was mainly industrial with flour mills, store houses and the Nestle condensed milk factory utilising access to the river.

Early 1850’s

The mill was burnt down and the area was cleared for redevelopment to make way for modern Station Hill to service the GWR railway station, St Mary’s Place (and subsequent chapel built 1855).

1840 History Map

1877

5 New Road (PEKIN HOUSE), which is our current location, has a first recorded owner and usage.

1877-1883

The building was bought and used to grow a family business known as “Little and Burnett Grocers”

1844 - 1888 History Map

1884-1915

The family business continued to be ran by what we can guess would be the son of the previous businessowner, the shop’s name was changed to “O.J. Burnett Grocers”.

(in 1895 the building was extended with a single storey to the left had side in part of the stores yard to increase the floor size by 50%. By 1910 a second storey was added onto this extension. By 1921 the stores yard was sold and a new building 5a New Road was built.

1894 History Map

1933-1970

The building was bought and became “Mason and Gillett Grocers”

1921 Map

1967

The second building was added (what is now Brand Media). This was made into “L.F. Baillieu, Baker and Confectioner”.

1970-1972

The building changed to “West Country Cleaners” with the second extension building becoming “Singer Sewing Machines”.

1973-2001

5 New road then became “Gemini Kitchens, Bathrooms & Appliances”.

2000 Map

2002-2014

New management took ownership of “Gemini Kitchens” and the second extension building became “Euronics Electrical”.

2015

New road became home to Digiprint Nettl – Web, Print & Signs

2020

Digiprint Nettl expanded our services and created Brand Media, a PR and Marketing agency.

Special thanks

We’d just like to give a special thanks to Chippenham Museum for helping us retrace the history of our building and Chippenham. If you’re looking to uncover anything from Chippenham’s past, they’ve got the answers! Equally, if you ever find anything historical and don’t know what to do with it, send it over to the museum – no matter how big or small.

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