Charles James Rumsey – AB Rumsey, Royal Naval Division

Grandfather’s WW1 experiences

My grandfather, Charles James Rumsey, was born in Hammersmith on Easter Sunday 1886 and at the age of 20, he was made redundant as a painter due to a recession.
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From the Chairman - July 2017

Michael Rumsey's July 2017 update as Chairman of Corsham Civic Society

News from the Chairman, November 2016

Another end of year approaches. ‘Time flies’ I used to be told when I was younger and now I find that’s perfectly true!  2016 has been a year with excellent meetings, all organised by Dr. Negley Harte, and Negley has now produced a most…
Corsham Station

An early photograph of Corsham Station

It is believed that this is the second earliest photograph taken of a train at Corsham station.  It probably dates for 1893 or early 1894.  The engine, an ‘1854’ class of saddle tank, was built at Swindon Works in November 1892 and…
Methuen School

Memories of the Methuen School

  Michael Rumsey In 1816, money was given by Paul Cobb Methuen (1752-1816) for the building of a 3-roomed school for the education of ‘poor children’. That building, in South Place, Corsham celebrates its 200th birthday this…
Michael Rumsey

From the Chairman: A year of important anniversaries

2016 seems to be a year of important anniversaries in our town and the surrounding area. The Methuen School, in South Place, celebrates its 200th anniversary and you will find several articles in this edition by former pupils. On June 30th,…
Workers preparing the site before removing the old footbridge

Electrifying the Great Western Railway

Monday, September 1 saw the first high speed passenger trains through Corsham after the line closure for the 6 weeks previously.  During those 6 weeks much work was completed between the east end of Box tunnel and Sydney Gardens in Bath.  The…
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Christmas message from Corsham Civic Society's chairman

It doesn’t seem twelve months ago when I sat down to write the 2013 ‘Christmas Message from the Chairman’ – doesn’t time fly! 2014 has been a busy and fruitful year for the Society, welcoming new members, enjoying excellent talks and…
Hardenhuish: one of the few classical churches to be found in the country built in 1779 by John Wood

Finding interesting churches in Wiltshire

I always promised myself that when I retired I would undertake several projects. One was to visit all the Anglican cathedrals in England and Wales and the second was to explore and photograph churches in my home county of Wiltshire. For…
Michael Rumsey at the organ

50 years of playing the organ, by Michael Rumsey

On Sunday November 18th 2012, at the Box Methodist Church, I celebrated my 50th anniversary of playing the organ for Church services and other events. Please don’t ask me how many hymns I may have played during the last 50 years,…