Firemen searching the wreckage of the pub gas explosion

Sixty Years Ago, a disaster on Box Hill

For many years Box Hill had 2 public houses, the ‘Quarryman’s Arms’, owned by Ushers Brewery of Trowbridge and the ‘Rising Sun’ owned by George’s Brewery of Bristol.  The ‘Rising Sun’ situated on the main A4 was a popular pub…

Corsham High Street project - an update

In the last issue it was reported that the Wiltshire Building Record [WBR] were intending to embark on an in depth survey of some of the houses in Corsham High Street, with a view to identifying their origins and usage throughout the ages. Representatives…
Richard Hodges

Thoughts on Planning Matters: A poem by John Betjeman - Inexpensive Progress

Encase your legs in nylons, Bestride your hills with pylons O age without a soul; Away with gentle willows And all the elmy billows That through your valleys roll. Let's say goodbye to hedges And roads with grassy edges And winding…
Richard Hodges

50 years of Conservation Areas

It is 50 years since the Civic Amenities Act 1967 introduced the concept of protecting the character of areas of historic and architectural interest by the designation of conservation areas. The concept of conservation areas was introduced in…
Bath Road site

Proposed development of land north of the A4 - the Gladman/ Redrow

The long running disputes over this planning application continue [see Summer 2017 issue, pps. 5-6] with Wiltshire Council planning officers. Issues of fundamental importance continue to cause serious concern in this case in two areas - Land…
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The Mansion House and the  Secretary of State’s decision and Localism

I make no apologies for the amount of space taken up in this issue by matters concerning planning, archaeology, heritage and conservation areas. Corsham’s Mansion House and the Bath Road development in Pickwick both invoke key issues about…
Michael Rumsey

From the Chairman: Autumn 2017 update

Today is October 25th, just two months from Christmas Day, doesn’t time fly!!  2017 has been another successful year for the Society with a wide range of interesting talks and two visits, one to Wadworth’s Brewery and the second to the…
The Spackman Family

The Spackman Family

Many of our readers may have heard of the Spackman Family. They lived in Corsham High Street, and their property spanned Nos. 42 & 44.
CCS artefacts

Corsham Civic Society artefacts

The Society has had in its care for some time, many small artefacts, reputed to have been found in the area, principally small coins, some dating back to Roman times.
Richard Hodges

‘Travels with an Archaeologist’ by Richard Hodges

In April of this year the Civic Society was honoured to host President of the American University in Rome, Professor Richard Hodges, to talk about his upcoming book release. President Hodges describes ‘Travels with an Archaeologist’ as a…