Saturday, 28 July 2012

Corsham


Corsham is a historic market town in Wiltshire. Famous for its historical buildings and beautiful 
village appeal it is a town where peacocks are allowed to roam the streets without hindrance.


The town prospered from the wool trade and then from quarrying Bath stone which was used in construction. It was only when the Great Western Railway were building the famous Box Tunnel that the stone was found in great quantity and then exploited as a major export and income for the town. The Box Tunnel and its labrynth of secret chambers within the hillside was an important centre for the MOD during the Second World War. A town or settlement has been at Corsham since medieval times and it is in its historic buildings and stone architecture that visitors today can see this legacy. 


Some of the filming of the Harry Potter films took place at Corsham and period dramas have been made here. Corsham Court is a stately home  of Elizabethan design and a residence has stood here for generations of the Methuen family. It is this estate that is responsible for the roaming peacocks that you might find wandering freely around Corsham. Open to the public and with a fine collection of paintings and landscaped grounds by Capability Brown this is definately worth a visit. Corsham has a 12th century church and Flemish Weavers Houses. It is a popular place for tourists and visitors from the surrounding towns and villages.

Corsham has a good selection of places to eat, some excellent pubs and cafes and it is a nice place to just get away from it all and just chill out.



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