Welcome to Corsham Town Council
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 us.
For general enquiries please phone 01249 702130
A4 Road Closure
The A4, from its junction with the A350 and its junction with Hartham Lane, will be closed for roadworks from 9.30am-3.30pm each day, on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday next week (25-27 March). Please seek an alternative route - there is an official diversion in place that involves Bath, the A46 and the A420 - during those times and allow longer for your journey.
The Town Council is delighted to have a packed calendar of Chamber Exhibitions featuring local artists in 2019. The exhibitions take place in the Council Chamber, are open from 10am-4pm, Monday-Friday, and are free to visit. Please note that the Chamber may be used for meetings so if you are travelling any distance to visit, please call us first, on 01249 702130, to make sure the exhibition will be open. The current exhibition, running until 18 April, is by Irene Floris and is titled 'Flow and Form'.
Corsham Neighbourhood Plan Examination Update
We are disappointed to have to report that the examination of Corsham's Neighbourhood Plan has been delayed for a number of weeks.
A recent legal case elsewhere connected with the Habitats Regulation Assessment Screening report (important in Corsham primarily because of bats) has meant that many Neighbourhood Plan examinations have been held up whilst government guidance is awaited.
Councillor Steve Abbott, Chairman of the Town Council and Neighbourhood Plan Steering Group commented, "We are frustrated at this unexpected delay but still hope that a referendum on the Neighbourhood Plan will go ahead early next year."
Obviously, we need to be certain that the Neighbourhood Plan is robust so that it is not open to challenge if and when we proceed to referendum. We are keeping a close eye on the situation to ensure the process is not unduly delayed.
To find out more about Corsham’s Great War, including key dates, commemoration projects and the stories of the 115 men who did not return, please visit the website.
Corsham is a medieval town in North West Wiltshire. It is at the south-eastern 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.