Plans to reopen Corsham station enter stage two

Plans to reopen Corsham station enter stage two

Thursday, 30th June, marked the 175th anniversary of the first train journey between Paddington and Bristol Temple Meads through Isambard Kingdom Brunel’s Box Tunnel! An auspicious day on which to welcome seventy Corsham residents to The Tynings Hall to learn of the...

‘Young’ Pickwickians

‘Young’ Pickwickians

Introduction I should start by making clear that ‘young’ in this context actually means ‘newcomers’ to Pickwick. My wife, Cath, and I moved to 12 Pickwick at the end of January 2015. We had previously lived for nearly 40 years in Herne Hill, South London. Having...

Corsham – a Garrison Town

Corsham – a Garrison Town

When did Corsham become a favourite of the military ? It appears to have started in 1927, when the security at  storage sites elsewhere had come into question,and  a search was on to find other possible safe storage for ammunition, and the abundance of the empty...

Demise of the Copenacre site

Demise of the Copenacre site

We must all have been very relieved to see the demolition of those badly abused buildings take place over the last few months. Just to have the eyesore removed from the entrance to Corsham can only be an asset to how the town might be viewed by passers by on the A4....

‘My Life on the Railways’ by Don Rogers

‘My Life on the Railways’ by Don Rogers

In 1948 I was made redundant at the age of 16 thus ending my career as an Improver Motor Mechanic and this was all because of the then Persian oil crisis with no petrol available except for essential purposes. I went to the Labour Exchange and was offered one or two...

The coming of the Great Western Railway 175 years ago this Summer

The coming of the Great Western Railway 175 years ago this Summer

A railway between Bristol and London was proposed as early as 1824 but it wasn’t until 1833 did a committee of interested persons meet in Bristol and form a company called the ‘Great Western Railway’ and appointed a 27-year engineer named Isambard Kingdom Brunel. I.K....