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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.…
Thomas 'Customer' Smythe

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,…
Beechfield House today

The Goldney Family and Beechfield House

Who were the Goldneys? If we go back to a document entitled The History of Parliament: The House of Commons 1509–1558, we learn that Henry (born before 1517), was the son of a wealthy farmer and clothier named Nicholas Afternewell. The will…
Corsham Memories from 1910

Corsham in Words event marks Golden Jubilee celebrations

As part of our Golden Jubilee Celebrations, and following our AGM in May, members were treated to a programme of readings compiled by Negley Harte, which reflected our town from before Domesday to the present. The two earliest references…
Corsham Memories from 1910

Book Review: Corsham Memories from 1910

Our evening with Lord Methuen in April was chosen as the launch date for the Civic Society‟s latest book Corsham Memories from 1910. Civic Society stalwart Pat Whalley collated the stories with great dedication over a twelve…