What to see and do in the Corsham area
The town owes its prosperity to the wool trade and quarrying of golden Bath stone, brought to life in the town's heritage centre.
Nearby is the village of Box from where stone was quarried from the 8th century. The quarries became the most productive in the world after massive deposits of Bath stone were discovered when the tunnel for the Great Western Railway was completed in 1841 by Isambard Kingdom Brunel. Some of his first timid travellers left the train before it entered the long tunnel and rejoined it at the other end!
The Hungerford Almshouses, Corsham
Virtually unchanged in 350 years, the buildings retain most of their original features and represent a fine example of 17th Century social provision. The Arms above the entrance are of its foundress, Lady Margaret Hungerford, who with her husband Sir Edward Hungerford, Commander of Cromwell's forces in Wiltshire during the English Civil War, lived in Corsham House (now Corsham Court) and there is a strong historical and interesting link between the two sites.
Admission: £3.00 Adults (£2.50 concessions). 50p Children. Opening hours:
April to September (Tuesdays and Wednesdays 11.00 am - 4.00 pm / Fridays and Saturdays 1.30 pm - 4.00pm)
October, November, February and March (Saturdays 1.00pm - 3.00pm)
Closed during December and January.
Pound Pill, Corsham.
Tel: 01249 713486
Corsham Area Heritage & Information Centre
31 High Street
Wiltshire SN13 0EZ
Tel: 01249 714660
The Corsham Area Heritage & Information Centre provides a wide range of information, gifts, accommodation booking and travel services including National Express tickets. The Centre has recently undergone a major refurbishment and now has disabled access.
A programme of changing exhibitions relating to aspects of local history runs throughout the year. Admission is free.
THE HERITAGE ROOMS ARE CURRENTLY CLOSED FOR REFURBISHMENT