Entries by Corsham Civic Society

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 with a good skittles and darts team and every Christmas Bill & Joyce Griffin, the […]

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 of Corsham Civic Society [the society] met with WBR in September […]

Planning Matters: A poem by John Betjeman

Inexpensive Progress by John Betjeman 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 country lanes; Let all things travel faster Where motor-car […]

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 England, Wales and Scotland by the Civic Amenities Act 1967 through a private members bill led by […]

Proposed Gladman/ Redrow development

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 Stability and Minerals Planning Consents – that should have received close and careful attention from the outset five […]

The Mansion House and the  Secretary of State

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 the effectiveness of the concept of ‘Localism’. Planning decisions about Corsham Mansion House are also an important […]

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 Westonbirt Arboretum.  The programme for 2018 looks to be another winner and you’ll find […]

‘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 series of essays “about places and people, and above all their spirit.” To him, archaeology is about […]