Frank Gerrish 1883 – 1917

Frank Gerrish 1883 – 1917

Genealogy is an interest of mine. Adding names to a family tree is fine but sometimes we need to look at the personal stories of the individuals. This voyage of discovery began last year when a cousin showed me a letter which had been retrieved from the effects of a...

Corsham Almshouses: the tulip tree (lirodendron tulipifera)

Corsham Almshouses: the tulip tree (lirodendron tulipifera)

(yellow poplar, saddle wood, canoe wood, white wood) In the debate over the Almshouse proposals, the Tulip tree often had a mention and I thought a few comments on it and its descendants might be appropriate. The Lirodendrons belong to the Magnolia family and their...

Lady Margaret Hungerford Almshouse Bell

Lady Margaret Hungerford Almshouse Bell

Many visitors to the Almshouse may be unaware that within the wooden framed cupola is the original bell. The bell weighs approximately 75 kg and is 510 mm in diameter. There is a two lined inscription THIS BELL BELONGS TO THE ALMES HOVSE OF CORSHAM THE HONORABLE DAME...

WW1 Hospital, Corsham Town Hall 1914-1918

WW1 Hospital, Corsham Town Hall 1914-1918

As early as August 1914, the people of Corsham were making plans to establish a hospital in the town. According to local newspaper items recorded in CJ Hall’s book ‘Corsham a Illustrated History’ - “in September 1914, a number of Belgian refugees – women and children...

The Horride Murder of Henry Long

The Horride Murder of Henry Long

In the 1590s a long standing feud between the Long and Danvers families culminated in a murder. It has been suggested that this feud may have dated back to the Wars of the Roses. Various Shakespearian authorities have even conjectured that it may have been the...

Inside the Corsham Cellars

Inside the Corsham Cellars

This is a wonderful tale of the conversion of the metaphorical swords into ploughshares. The site has been variously known as Eastlays, Pictor Monks, Eastern Monks and CAD sub depot 2. Quarrying The Pictors began quarrying the site in 1837. It was then called Pictor...