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.
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Map & Directions
On the A4 between Chippenham and Bath. Southwest of M4 Junction 17.
Public Transport Directions
Nearest railway station at Chippenham. Local bus services and taxis available.
Regular National Express coach service from London and Bath.