Corsham is a historic wool town, located on the edge of the Cotswolds between Chippenham and Bath. It contains a treasure trove of fine architectural buildings, dating from the 15th to 17th century, including Flemish gabled cottages and large Georgian residences. Parts of the town were famously used as a backdrop for the BBC hit drama, Poldark.
The town has very attractive main street of Bath-stone buildings, many of which house quaint independent shops and award winning restaurants. There is a bustling weekly market and the more-modern Martingate shopping centre provides a first class retail experience. The Pound Arts Centre, on Pound Pill (B3353), accommodates a year-round program of theatre, films and exhibitions.
Peacocks can often be found wandering the streets of Corsham - likely escapees from Corsham Court; the entrance to which is near to St Bartholomew's Church. The extensive grounds of Corsham Park (open to the public) were landscaped by 'Capability' Brown.
The town's 17th-c Baroque style almshouses were built in 1668 for Lady Margaret Hungerford of Corsham Court. This lovely a Grade I listed building was initially founded as a residence for the local poor and for the education of up to ten children.
This magnificent stately home contains a spectacular 16th - 17th century art collection. Initially constructed for Thomas Smythe in 1582, the property has been subject to several facelifts over the centuries, including one by John Nash. The beautiful 'Capability' Brown landscaped grounds are home to colourful peacocks.