Local area – Corsham

Historically, Corsham was a centre for agriculture and later, the wool industry, and remains a focus for quarrying Bath Stone.

You’ll find independent shops and restaurants; peacocks roaming freely from their home at Corsham Court and Poldark – the BBC’s hit drama was filmed in the High Street.

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Corsham sits on the edge of the Cotswolds. Its history is linked to wool and stone: the wool from the Flemish weavers who based themselves in the town; the stone from the famous Bath Stone, quarried locally and used in many of the town’s buildings.

Historically, Corsham was a centre for agriculture and later, the wool industry, and remains a focus for quarrying Bath Stone.

It has several notable historic buildings; among them the stately home of Corsham Court. During the Second World War and the Cold War it became a major administrative and manufacturing centre for the Ministry of Defence, with numerous establishments both above ground and in disused quarry tunnels.

The parish includes the villages of Gastard and Neston, which is at the gates of the Neston Park estate.

Corsham has provided the backdrop in numerous films and TV dramas including The Suspicions of Mr Whicher, Tess of the D’Urbervilles, Larkrise to Candleford and The Remains of the Day.

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