Corsham Tourist Information and Travel Guide
CORSHAM is a small market town to the north of Wiltshire on the southwestern
edge of the Cotswolds. The attractive town
has many buildings built from the local Cotswold stone and is famous for its fine architecture.
The town has a population of 4750 people.
Corsham inspired Charles Dickens to write The Pickwick
Papers, and create the character Moses Pickwick. Pickwick, once an adjoining hamlet, gave
its name to Moses Pickwick an abandoned baby, this name later being seen on a carrier's
cart by Charles Dickens who used it for his Pickwick Papers.
The beautiful Corsham
Court, a stately home well worth
visiting, built on the site of a former Saxon royal manor and based on an Elizabethan design
Corsham Court has remained the property of the Methuen
family since 1745, and houses the family collection of masks, splendid Georgian furniture
and porcelain. The glorious gardens also contain a bathhouse designed and built under Capability
Brown in 1760.
The town of Corsham, and in particular, the Court, was used as a location
for the film Remains of the Day, starring Anthony Hopkins and Emma Thompson.
Other interesting sights in Corsham include the Flemish
Cottages, built in the 17th century to house a group of Flemish weavers, who fled from
religious persecution, bringing a rebirth of the woollen industry to the town. Also see
the Hungerford Almshouses, old inns and the elegant Town Hall. A visit
to Corsham may unearth many surprises for the visitor.