The modern appearance of this town belies its history as it was
already well established by the time of its appearance in the
Doomsday Book of 1086 (as Chestrehunt).
The colourful Old Pond marks the traditional centre of the town
although to the west lies the historical Churchgate area which
includes Bishops' College, St Mary's Church, Whit Hern Park and the
16th century Green Dragon Inn.
It was here at Pengelly, which burnt down in 1888, that the
Cromwell family lived and the grandson of the Lord Protector lies
buried in the churchyard.
To the east is a prosperous business centre with offices,
warehouses and factories.