So, I have joined a U3a group which once a month explores a town or village focusing on its history and development. Perfect for me who is still learning about the area I moved to two years ago. As it happens we actually did some house hunting here in Corsham, and whilst we liked the houses realised the town was just that little bit too far for us to visit our London based family within a daytrip. As far as I recall we did have a pitstop coffee break in the modern arcade of shops but totally missed all the more interesting and attractive parts of the town. Had we seen them it might have made our decision much harder.
Anyway let’s begin,
There are also many peacocks that have free reign in the town. We spotted three but my photo was rubbish.
The row of cottages on the right were built for the Flemish weavers in the 17th century by Paul Methuen, Lord of the Manor living in Corsham Court. The weavers had fled religious persecution in their own country. Their skill ensured the importance of the wool trade for the town until the 19th century and the Industrial Revolution.
The chaps you can see right hand side up ladders were repairing the old wooden sash windows, and making a right old racket. Our guide had to shout! The cottage to the right with the White windows was the site of the town’s First fire station built circa 1800.
The yellow house was once a Temperance Hotel.
Apparently the pub next door does a good lunch!
We had a brief stroll down an attractive avenue of trees from the house through the park to see the Almshouses.
There is still so much to see in this town. It really was a treat to visit. Hope you enjoyed it too!