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A Generous Gift

Maud Heath's Causeway

Maud Heath's Causeway, Chippenham

For centuries, people with wealth have understood and accepted the need to share their wealth through public works.

In 1474, Maud Heath - a wealthy widow who lived in the nearby village of Tytherton Kellaways - gifted land and property in and around Chippenham to a trust tasked with building and maintaining a causeway between the town and Wick Hill.

Roads in the fifteenth century were often little more than tracks and the causeway provided a safe and dry passage for those travelling to Chippenham on foot.

The causeway she created remains popular with walkers to this day.


Images: Copyright Chippenham Museum – 1985.128, 1982.96b, 2005.450, 2010.200.8

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