The Buildings of Corsham, a talk by Julian Orbach

The Buildings of Corsham, a talk by Julian Orbach

Julian is preparing the third edition of the Wiltshire volume of The Buildings of England. The Buildings of England series was created by Sir Nicholas Pevsner and is regarded as an unrivalled series of comprehensive architectural guides covering every English county...

News from the Chairman, November 2016

News from the Chairman, November 2016

Another end of year approaches. ‘Time flies’ I used to be told when I was younger and now I find that’s perfectly true!  2016 has been a year with excellent meetings, all organised by Dr. Negley Harte, and Negley has now produced a most interesting set of subjects for...

An early photograph of Corsham Station

An early photograph of Corsham Station

It is believed that this is the second earliest photograph taken of a train at Corsham station.  It probably dates for 1893 or early 1894.  The engine, an ‘1854’ class of saddle tank, was built at Swindon Works in November 1892 and was later converted to a pannier...

Gospel Halls in the Corsham Area

Gospel Halls in the Corsham Area

In May 1856 the first Gospel Hall was opened at Corshamside, now known as Neston, by a group of Christians wishing to worship in the brethren tradition.  We must go back 24 years to 1832 when the then Vicar of Corsham, the Rev. John Andrew Methuen, renounced his...

Cream Tea, 19 August 2016

Cream Tea, 19 August 2016

This year’s ‘Cream Tea’ on 19th August took place at No. 24 Lypiatt Road, Corsham, at the kind invitation of Victoria and Peter Blake. My first CCS cream tea and how very nice it was! Many expressed their appreciation to Victoria and Peter Blake for ‘loaning their...

My First Year in Parliament – Michelle Donelan

My First Year in Parliament – Michelle Donelan

In early May the Civic Society invited local MP for the Chippenham constituency to talk about her impressions and reactions about having been an MP for a year. Although she spoke of some of her campaigns which aim to “benefit the local area”, she maintained this was...