The cultural town of Corsham is located in Wiltshire, England and is famed for its historical buildings and traditional village style. The civil parish town is made distinctive by its peacocks which roam the streets freely. Its locally sourced limestone makes up many of the buildings in the town which are a mix of 16th, 17th and 18th century properties.
The town owes most of its economy to the wool trade as well as the quarrying of golden Bath stone (commonly known as limestone) for local use in the buildings. It was discovered in droves when the Box tunnel was built for the Great Western Railway meaning it could be quarried and sold to other towns all over England.
The town’s history is owed to its people and several family names from centuries back are still seen in the town today. In particular, the Methuen family still reside in Corsham Court.
The town recently went back to its roots with the re-launch of its local bustling market which can be seen in the high street once every Tuesday. The cultural town of Corsham has also been the location for many films, television and photo shoots including the Harry Potter films and many period dramas. Its diverse architecture and beautiful scenery make it the ideal place for stunning visuals.
The most notable landmark in the town is Corsham Court. This stately home is still one of the most stunning buildings to see in the town and is based on a 1582 Elizabethan design. It has housed eight generations of Methuens and is currently home to James Methuen-Campbell. This estate is where the roaming peacocks originate from.
There are several old buildings which are major tourist attractions. The 17th century Schoolroom and Almshouses are filled with their original Victorian furnishings and the building itself still stands exactly as it was when it was built. St. Bartholomew’s Church is one of the oldest relics that still remains, being constructed in the 12th century. This is just an example of some of the main buildings of interest but the high street itself is full of listed buildings, some being hotels and bed and breakfasts.
Limestone is the predominant material used in the buildings of Corsham as it has been readily available since Roman times. Many of the buildings still standing along the high street of Corsham were built in the 1800’s when the Bath stone was first discovered in the quarries.
The quarrying of limestone from north to south allows for the varying colours of the stone seen in the buildings, some with golden hues, some more creamy. There are buildings of Georgian, Victorian and Elizabethan design, with traditional softwood sash windows and period fixtures. The buildings are like ancient relics, standing for centuries and most old designs are listed buildings meaning they cannot be altered from their original beauty. This all adds to the village’s charm however, and makes the town a historical exhibit in itself.