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Welcome to Corsham
CORSHAM is a small town to the north of Wiltshire
with grand beauty and history in equal measure. The attractive town has many buildings built from the local Cotswold stone and is famous for its fine architecture.
Corsham inspired Charles Dickens to write The Pickwick Papers, and create the character Moses Pickwick, from the landlord of the Hare and Hounds, in Pickwick. Like the village of Lacock and its famous abbey, Corsham is a small town that sprung up beside a major house, Corsham Court.
Unlike Lacock, which has changed little since the 18th century, Corsham has, to some extent, moved with the times. But there still stands the beautiful Corsham Court, a stately home, built on the site of a former Saxon royal manor and based on an Elizabethan design from 1582.
Corsham Court has remained the property of the Methuen family since 1745, and houses the family collection of masks, splendid Georgian furniture and porcelain. The exquisite gardens also contain a bathhouse designed and built under Capability Brown in 1760.
The town of Corsham, and in particular, the Court, was used as a location for the film Remains of the Day, starring Anthony Hopkins and Emma Thompson.
Other interesting sights in Corsham include the Flemish Cottages, built in the 17th century to house a group of Flemish weavers, who fled from religious persecution, bringing a rebirth of the woollen industry to the town. A visit to Corsham may unearth many surprises for the visitor.
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Things to see and do
Lacock Abbey, Fox Talbot Museum and Village
Castle Combe Circuit