Welcome to Corsham Town Council
Welcome to Corsham Town Council’s website.
The Town Council’s aim is “to make Corsham the most desirable place in Wiltshire to live, work and visit, with a safe, active, healthy and sustainable community based around a vibrant and useful Town Centre”.
Here on this site you will find information about how the Town Council is working to fulfill that aim, along with details of the Council’s responsibilities and projects.
You will also find information and links about Corsham itself that may be of interest to both residents and visitors.
We hope that you enjoy visiting our site and if you have any comments or suggestions about what you would like to see here please email us.
For general enquiries please phone 01249 702130
Easter Egg Hunt
From 8-23 April, there are 10 golden eggs hiding in the windows of businesses and shops in Corsham's town centre. Find where the eggs are hiding and you could win a big Easter treat! You can pick up an entry form from the Town Hall, All the Pretty Things (our sponsor), the Tourist Information Centre and other shops in town, or you can download a copy here.
Annual Town Meeting
The Town Council's Annual Town Meeting, and the presentation of this year's Community Awards, will take place on Thursday 6 April, 7pm for 7.30pm, here at the Town Hall. A copy of the agenda is available here or from the Town Hall.
Above and Beyond
From 4-30th April, at Corsham's Tourist Information Centre on the High Street, you can see a version of last year's Above and Beyond exhibition that commemorated Corsham's WW1 military hospital. The exhibition is free entry, and is open Tuesday-Saturday, from 10am-4pm. On Saturday 8 April, from 10.30am-3pm, there will be free Family History Activities for Children alongside the exhibition and, on Saturday 29 April, from 11am-3pm, you can enjoy more Family History, plus experience street theatre by The Natural Theatre Company and local young performers, including a flag-raising at 11am and the reading of poems by local children, inspired by the Great War, at 2pm.
Local Government Elections
The Local Government Elections take place on 4 May 2017. You can find details here about what's involved if you wish to stand as a Corsham Town Councillor. A limited number of Nomination Packs are available from the Town Hall between 15 March and 4 April, when nominations close.
Arnold House: Expressions of Interest
Following the Town Council's decision last year to dispose of Arnold House, Expressions of Interest are now sought from those wishing to acquire the freehold when the property becomes available in the next 1-5 years. Proposals are particularly welcome from those wishing to use the property for community activities. More details can be found here.
Corsham is a medieval town in North West Wiltshire. It is at the southwestern extreme of the Cotswolds, between Bath and Chippenham. A market town within a large parish of around 13000 people, Corsham has grown rapidly since 2003.
Originally named Cosseha, there has been a settlement in Corsham since Anglo-Saxon times. Corsham Court has royal connections dating back centuries: King Ethelred (978-1017) kept house on the site of this old manor.
Corsham is said to have thrived on sheep and stone. From the 14th century until the wool industry moved to the north of the country in the 1800s, many Flemish weavers came to England and settled in the Cotswolds area, with a number making their home in Corsham. A row of 17th Century houses in the High Street is actually known as the ‘Flemish Cottages’. As for stone, Cotswold limestone has been used for building since Roman times. The stone quarried in and around Corsham then – as now - was the famous ‘Bath Stone’ and houses built from it can be seen in the High Street. In fact, Nikolaus Pevsner, the architectural historian, once wrote, “Corsham has no match in Wiltshire for wealth of good houses”.
Find out more about Corsham's history here.
Town Hall Hire
Corsham Town Hall is an ideal venue for social occasions.