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Once divided by the Midland and South Western Junction Railway, but now bisected by a cycle route, Chiseldon is close to the northern edge of the Marlborough Downs and just a stone's throw from Swindon. It is also on the route of the Icknield Way. In many respects quite an ordinary village it has nonetheless a handful of interesting period buildings, some of them thatched.


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The parish church is The Church of the Holy Cross on the northern edge of the village. Holy Cross Church was built in the 13th century and has a perpendicular tower and clerestory, transitional arcades, and an early English chancel. 

Chiseldon Museum is housed in a redundant chapel in Butts Road at te edge of the village near the church. A replica of one of the Chiseldon Cauldrons is on display in the museum. The Chiseldon Cauldrons were discovered in November 2004 in a field to the south west of the village. It was a unique find: the largest group of Iron Age cauldrons ever to be discovered in Europe. They are now being cleaned and restored in the British Museum. The museum also contains a comprehensive range of photographs and objects relating to the village, with updated displays each year.

About a mile and a half to the south of the village is the site of Chiseldon Army Camp which was established in August 1914 on the outbreak of the Great War. Between then and 1918 it was used primarily for infantry training, with up to 10,000 men in the camp. In 1922 most of the camp was sold by auction and later the Army Vocational Training Centre was established at the camp to give long-serving soldiers leaving the colours a civilian occupation. The camp was brought back into service during the Second World War and became an American Military Hospital. After various uses after the war the camp was eventually closed in 1962 and quickly becoming run down and neglected. In 1972 it was finally demolished.

Just over a mile to the east of the village and not far from the Ridgeway trail is Liddington Castle, a late Bronze Age and early Iron Age hill fort. 

Chiseldon is south of Swindon, a mile south of junction 15 of the M4 motorway.

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