Leigh Delamere church

The Brownings of Leigh Delamere

Our summer outing to see the Victorian schoolroom at Sevington and the Church of St Margaret of Antioch at Leigh Delamere, was in itself a wonderful experience, with Dinah Starkey, one of the Trustees, acting as schoolmistress, bringing…
Suffragists at the top of Church Lane, Box

Early days of universal suffrage in Corsham

The demand for women to have equal political rights with men started in 1866 when a group of women organised a petition. This led to a proposed amendment to the Reform Act that would give women the same political rights as men, put forward…
Chippenham Museum

10 reasons why we are a nation of collectors

At our March meeting Melissa Barnet, Curator of Chippenham Museum, told us that 66% of people are collectors, it being one of the major hobbies in the western world. She stressed that hoarders were not collectors. Melissa then listed…
Nathaniel Fido

'Good old radical' Nathaniel Fido (1838 - 1919)

Newspaper articles at the time of the Suffragist Pilgimage and the speech made by the suffragist Miss Frances Sterling outside Corsham Town Hall mention Dr. Crisp giving a vote of thanks at the end of the proceedings, seconded by…
Peter Hennessy giving a public lecture at LSE

March 2013 review: Cold War bunker secrets revealed

Renowned historian of government Peter Lord Hennessy delivers a talk to the Corsham Civic Society about secret Cold War bunkers.
The almshouses at Hilmarton in the “Poynder” style, although designed by Henry Weaver, Poynder’s land agent.

November 2012 Review: Early Methuens and their art collections

In July we had a splendid outing to Hilmarton, linked to Corsham by the Poynder family. It was a beautiful evening and the local history society had very kindly arranged to show us around both the church and the village. Richard…
Sir Richard Blackmore Kt

Sir Richard Blackmore 1654 - 1729 Poet, Physician and Writer

Sir Richard Blackmore was a once well-known but now obscure and forgotten poet, physician, and writer on religious and political matters. Blackmore made a name for himself as a prolific writer but a dull one, whose poetry 'could put…