Best Western Plus Angel Hotel
8 Market Place, Chippenham, Chippenham
An old coaching inn on the London to Bristol run, it has history from the 1770s. It was then an important hotel for travellers to have a meal break, with the coachmen to change horses. It is a most attractive Georgian style of architecture, with opposite the Buttercross, which was originally built in 1570. The Buttercross people used for the sale of meat and dairy products. Angel has been an inn sign since the medieval period, reflecting the connection between religious establishments and travellers’ hostels. There, people say, to be several ghosts inhabiting the Angel Hotel. However, it is with some history from simply two of them. Both, people say, to make an appearance on the top floor. One is a servant girl who died of a fever in the late 1800s. The other is that of a man’s valet who collapsed and died, with manifests carrying a jacket or coat in his arms.