The historic market town of Chipping Sodbury in South Gloucestershire has a population of just over 5,000 and dates back to the 12th century, when it was founded by William Crassus. William was the Count of Aumale (a medieval fief in Normandy) and was made Earl of York after distinguishing himself at the Battle of the Standard in 1138.
Today, Chipping Sodbury borders the modern and much more populous town of Yate which it is contiguous with to the west. The town is part of the parish of Sodbury and is very near the villages of Old Sodbury and Little Sodbury. Chipping Sodbury is just eight miles from Bristol and situated at the southernmost flank of the Cotswolds, near Doddington Park and surrounded by some of the UK’s most stunning countryside.
The town’s rich and long history can be seen in the assortment of old buildings that run down its long market square, known in medieval times as a chepynge (which is where the term 'chipping' comes from). Most of these buildings date back to the 17th century and are home to a variety of local businesses, including the marvellous Hobbs House Bakery, owned by TV's Fabulous Baker Brothers (Tom and Henry Herbert)
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