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Sunday, April 10, 2011

Corsham

Corsham on the fringes of the Cotswolds in Wiltshire is an historic market town with much to see and do.

Corsham Court

The present day town has a population of just over 10,000 people and its prosperity was built on the back of local agriculture and the wool trade, allied to its strategic location on the London-Bristol turnpike. Nowadays the Ministry of Defence is a major employer and the period buildings and Bath Stone quarries are often used as locations for film and TV productions.

The town is also associated with Charles Dickens' Pickwick Papers - as the small village of Pickwick featured in the book is now incorporated within Corsham.

Famous previous residents of Corsham include Camilla Parker Bowles and her first husband, Andrew Parker Bowles, who lived at Middlewick House from 1986 to 1995.

The Royal Oak

Places of interest in Corsham include The Royal Oak pub, the 16th century manor house and grounds of Corsham Court, The Almshouses, built by Dame Margaret Hungerford, wife of Sir Edward Hungerford, Commander of Cromwell's Forces in Wiltshire, in 1668, the lovely 12th century Saint Bartholomew's Church, or another pub The Flemish Weaver.

Corsham Map

© 2010 John Westby

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