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Market Town

SN13 0HB

Add Corsham to your Itinerary

Corsham High Street

Corsham is a quiet, unspoilt town where peacocks wander freely around the streets! It owes its prosperity to the wool trade and quarrying of golden Bath stone, brought to life in the town's heritage centre.

Discover the wealth of beautiful and historic buildings including Corsham Court, 17th Century Flemish buildings, Lady Margaret Hungerford Almshouses, weavers cottages, old inns and the elegant Town Hall.

Pickwick, once an adjoining hamlet but now very much a part of Corsham, gave its name to Moses Pickwick, an abandoned baby. This name was apparently seen on a carrier's cart by Charles Dickens, who used it for his Pickwick Papers.

Nearby is the village of Box from where stone was first quarried in the 8th Century. By the end of the 19th Century these quarries were the most productive in the world and were used by Isambard Kingdom Brunel in the building of his Bristol to London railway, completed in 1841.The route included Brunel’s famous, two-mile long Box Tunnel, which is still in use today, and the western end can be viewed from the A4 in Box. Unlike today’s modern commuters, some of Brunel’s first timid travellers left the train before it entered the tunnel and rejoined it the other side!

The town market is held on a Tuesday.

What's Nearby

  1. Lady Margaret Hungerford Almshouses and Schoolroom

    Lady Margaret Hungerford Almshouses and Schoolroom

    Most attractive and unique complex of 17th Century Almshouses, Schoolroom, Warden's House and...

    0.29 miles away
  2. Pound Arts Centre (C) Susie Brooks

    The Pound Arts Centre

    The Pound is a thriving arts centre based in Corsham, delivering performances, workshops, cinema...

    0.46 miles away
  3. Whitehall Garden Centre Lacock

    Whitehall Garden Centre Lacock

    Based in the village of Lacock near Chippenham, Whitehall Garden Centre has one of the largest...

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  4. Chapel Plaister

    Chapel Plaister Pilgrims Chapel

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  1. Lacock Abbey

    Lacock Abbey, Village and Fox Talbot Museum

    Lacock Abbey, located in the centre of the village was founded in the 13th century and dissolved...

    3.14 miles away
  2. Front of Chippenham Museum

    Chippenham Museum and Heritage Centre

    The Museum is housed in a fine 18th century grade II listed building. The displays tell the story...

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  3. Vintage Classics

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  5. Great Chalfield Manor

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    4.68 miles away
  6. (c)

    Church of Saint Margaret of Antioch

    Dramatic Victorian confection.

    5.35 miles away
  7. Bowood House and Gardens

    Bowood House and Gardens

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    6.06 miles away
  8. (c) Phil Draper

    St James' Church, Draycot Cerne

    This small, handsome parkland church is set in parkland above a river.

    6.26 miles away
  9. Wiltshire Music Centre, Bradford on Avon (C) Hayley Stevens

    Wiltshire Music Centre

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  11. Bradford on Avon Trip Boat and Tea Rooms

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  12. Barbara McLellan

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