George Head - my Grandfather

The Head Family

  When the Head family emigrated into Corsham, all the way from many earlier generations a few miles down the road in Box, they came en-masse and they brought their Bath Stone yard with them. My paternal great-grandfather, James was…
Corsham Town Council

What is Corsham Town Council for?

What’s Corsham Town Council for! Councillor Ruth Hopkinson, Chairman of the Town Council; David Martin, Chief Executive; and Councillor Philip Whalley, Corsham Town Ward ~ notes of the talk on 27th January 2017 Michael Rumsey started the…
Corsham Walking Festival

Corsham Walking Festival, 9-11 June 2017

  Corsham Walking Festival returns for its fourth year, already a firm fixture for all who love the great outdoors and enjoy Walking Festivals. Whatever your walking ability or interest, this event offers walks that will tempt you. The…
In 2014 Sally won the Corsham Community Award

A tribute to Sally Fletcher, 16th August 1944 – 27th December 2016

All the details below were provided by Sally’s brother, Nick, to whom the CCS extends its commiserations and expresses its grateful thanks. Sally was born in Shipley and adored Yorkshire, especially the Dales which are only a short drive…
Clyffe Pypard

Exploring Wiltshire’s Parish Churches

I’ve always enjoyed visiting parish churches while travelling around the UK and having spent 35 years working in Church of England primary schools, there was always a parish church attached which was visited frequently by the pupils and staff.
Michael Rumsey

From the Chairman, March 2017

  If it’s not too late, welcome to 2017 and the Society’s full programme, as shown on the back page of this edition.  For the first time, in a number of years, we had a Society talk at the Pound Arts Centre in January, moving the…
Corsham Print

A visit to Corsham Print

It’s Thursday afternoon, February 9th and I have just returned from a most interesting and informative visit to our ‘Spotlight’ magazine printers, Corsham Print.
Wiltshire and Swindon Manorial Documents Register went live on The National Archives Discovery website. Claire Skinner, principal archivist, managed the project and the work was been done by project officer Dr Virginia Bainbridge [back row, fifth on left] and a team of 20 volunteers, assisted by Wiltshire and Swindon History Centre staff. ~ photograph courtesy of Wiltshire & Swindon History Centre

Governing Wiltshire: Almost a Thousand Years of Manorial Records, 1086-1922

Dr Bainbridge introduced her talk by setting the scene: the Manorial Documents Register (MDR) is maintained by the National Archives and provides brief descriptions of the documents and details of their locations. She pointed out that Manor…
An 80,000 year old bison bone

Tablet to Tablet: Corsham’s journey from the Jurassic to the Digital Age

At the Corsham Institute based at Hartham Park, a fascinating local history exhibition telling the story of Corsham’s history over the last 170 million years, was open for two weeks during October and November and visited by over 250 people.…
1839 Tithe Map [the Malthouse and Nos 12 & 14 are ringed in red]. The kitchen block is discernible as a separate structure and the large Pickwick Brewery building complex is located to the south east of 12 Pickwick. The structure to the north of the kitchen block was demolished in 1953.

'Old' Pickwickians

Our Editor, John Maloney's first article in the  July Spotlight, was of great interest to me, as he referred not only to his own property – 12 Pickwick, but the adjoining house No. 14. This was the home of my grandparents Bill and Rose…