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
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.
FREE PARKING! As well as free parking on Small Business Saturday on 5 December, the Town Council is delighted to announce that, thanks to sponsorship from the Martingate Centre, there will be FREE PARKING in all the town centre's car parks from 7 - 12 December.
Christmas is Coming! - Corsham's Christmas Lights Switch On is on Friday 4 December, from 5pm (lights on at 6pm). There's entertainment - including a Frozen sing-a-long to start the evening, and Corsham Panto, donkeys, the Christmas Market, late-night shopping, Father Christmas and his reindeer... And on Saturday 28 November, come and make a wish at the Wishing Tree in the High Street, from 10am-1pm.
Shop Local - The Town Council is supporting Small Business Saturday on 5 December. Come and discover the town's wonderful independent shops and businesses, plus there's FREE PARKING all day.
Dorothy House Hospice Care is the chosen charity of Cllr Ruth Hopkinson, Town Council Chairman, for her year in office. Find out about the work of Dorothy House, and how you can help, here.
Or discover what's on in Corsham here.