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Life and times of Neston Glove Factory

Life and times of Neston Glove Factory

The site of the Neston Glove factory at the corner of Rough Street was originally used as a coach house in the care of Harry May. Later, sheepskins were ‘dressed’ in preparation for glove cutting. Those employed were known as leather dressers. It is understood that a...

Death and Mr Pickwick, a talk by Stephen Jarvis

Death and Mr Pickwick, a talk by Stephen Jarvis

This work of ‘fictionalised history’, as the author addressed it on a bleak July evening in a small auditorium, explores the origin and entire history of Charles Dickens’ most beloved piece of work at that time - The Pickwick Papers. Jarvis claimed the work was ‘Harry...

Thomas ‘Customer’ Smythe, 1522–1591

Thomas ‘Customer’ Smythe, 1522–1591

The Smythes lived in Corsham during the reign of Henry Vlll. John Smythe was a farmer and clothier, and when he died in 1538 he left his wife a mill. His eldest son John inherited the rest of his property, with the exception of a farm in Amesbury, valued at about £20...

Carriage Drive's railings resplendent once again

Carriage Drive's railings resplendent once again

Over the late summer months, passers-by will have noticed a lady in a pink boiler suit working hard to clean and repaint the railings at the end of the Carriage Drive. This was Celia James, a painter and decorator who also does work at the Pound. The ornate gates...

Carriage Drive’s railings resplendent once again

Carriage Drive’s railings resplendent once again

Over the late summer months, passers-by will have noticed a lady in a pink boiler suit working hard to clean and repaint the railings at the end of the Carriage Drive. This was Celia James, a painter and decorator who also does work at the Pound. The ornate gates...

Civic Society accepts Logan Manuscript gift

Civic Society accepts Logan Manuscript gift

During the summer, the Society was delighted to accept the gift of a most interesting manuscript. It is a bulky 15-inch by 12-inch folder, bound with string, entitled Corsham. Within its blue covers is an account of the history of Corsham, written in the late 1940s by...