If you’ve got your finger on the pulse, then you’ll already know that Corsham has slowly and surely become a very cool place to live, work and play.
It’s been a backdrop to many a Poldark television series, and we know how hot under the collar that got some of you! But there’s more to this market town that its film and TV credits.
Corsham is 24 miles from Swindon, 8 miles from Bath, 4 from Chippenham and sits right at the edge of the Cotswolds in the county of Wiltshire. It was mentioned in the Doomsday book, prospered greatly from trading in wool and later quarrying the famous creamy coloured Bath stone, which continues today.
The High Street is littered with listed buildings and Corsham Court is an Elizabethan stately home that uniquely sits in the middle of the town. The Court has rooms furnished by Robert Adam and Thomas Chippendale and its parks are landscaped by Capability Brown and Humphry Repton. They can be viewed from January until November and are famed for the peacocks that roam the town, surprising, scaring and delighting tourists and residents alike with their feather displays and loud screams.
The MOD invested sizeably in Corsham (above and below ground) and continues to do so at Hawthorn, being the town’s major employer which in turn has seen a huge rise in new build developments.
More famously at neighbouring Box Hill, lies a secret village built in the 1950s as the threat of the Cold War increased. The village was designed for Central Government personnel to relocate to, including the Prime Minister and the Royal Household, should the situation escalate. The village is self-sufficient and is 35 acres of blast proof living!
Above ground there are boutique indies popping up alongside established businesses making this once sleepy town more wide-awake that it has ever been. Weave your way through the town and you will stumble across much-loved local butchers, greengrocers, bakeries, The Deli at Corsham, and wonderful The Corsham Bookshop (not to be missed, and hyper independent). In recent years the high street has been home to visiting art exhibitions too, bringing the modern to the quaint.
Here’s the Wigwam pick to a great day out in this corner of Wiltshire.
The court provides the prefect post dinner or lunch walk across the estate of the house with a lake, cattle at times, butterflies and birds, and a churchyard at St. Bartholomew’s for history lovers.
Mother & Wild
Serving up artisan sourdough pizzas, baked goods and excellent coffee, Mother & Wild suits a lunch meeting as well as an intimate setting for dinner. Recommended.
The Methuen Arms
This award-winning 5-star hotel has its own kitchen garden, pub style bar and large dining areas. Now part of the Butcombe chain of pubs, the foodie offering is much acclaimed and continues to delight.
Corsham Creative Market
This popular handmade market sets up residency in the Springfield Community Campus carpark which itself is home to excellent and newly refurbished leisure and community facilities. The first Saturday of the month is the easy date to remember for quality gifts and local fare and produce.
The perfect shop for a ‘mooch’ as well as somewhere to pick up thoughtful gifts or trinkets for the home. Previous also has great cards, vintage furniture, ‘man-gifts’ and home inspiration. And they have just added a café too!
Adding names to its listing that is punching way above its provincial weight, the Pound Arts is a community arts venue and cafe. Due to spotlight in 2021 is ‘The Bard of Salford’ John Cooper Clarke, a reminder that their What’s-On is always worth checking and checking again.
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