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Living in Corsham: The Local Area Guide

A living piece of English history, the small town of Corsham has a large number of achievements in its past. Central to the quarrying of the area’s unique Bath Stone, the town has also played a key role in agriculture, wool industry and even the war time activities of the Ministry of Defence. Among Corsham’s more recent achievements is providing the backdrop for the BBC drama Poldark.

Limestone houses, the stately home of Corsham Court and peacocks roaming the cobbled streets, it’s no surprise that Corsham served as the perfect backdrop for historical drama. This picturesque charm along with its characteristic Cotswold country setting means Corsham has become an area of affluence and very much desirability.

Demographics

With 20,660 people calling Corsham home, this small but vibrant town has a particularly youthful population due to its popularity with young families – 19% of the total population are 0-14 years old, 2% higher than Britain’s average. Less than 25% of the towns inhabitants are of retirement age, which is combatively lower than the rest of the UK. The majority of people in Corsham identify as “White British”, 2.2% as “White other”, with black or Asian minorities comprising 2.5%. In terms of faith, 29% of the locals subscribe to no religion, Christianity is the most common faith denomination with 63% citing it as their religion.

The affluence of Corsham is reflected in home ownership levels which are higher than the national average. The occupations of the town’s inhabitants is also notable, with 20% holding professional positions, including 13% working in senior roles. Elementary positions are occupied by just 9.6% of locals.

Education

Corsham and the surrounding areas are served by a number of schools including Corsham Primary School, ranked as “Outstanding” in Ofsted reports on multiple inspections. The local secondary school of Corsham School also offers sixth form education; Wiltshire College similarly provides further education courses.

Private education is catered for by The Heywood Prepatory School, with an intake of pupils 4 -11 years old. The Calder House School in nearby Chippenham offers a specialist curriculum for children suffering from dyspraxia and dyslexia.

Transport

Corsham hosts a walking festival once a year which takes advantage of the easy walking routes in town and into the surrounding countryside. For day-to-day travel, the town is easily traversed by foot, but for those who prefer a set of wheels, cycling is also popular. The local cycling club makes the most of the towns many cycle paths, and the National Cycling Route which passes through the town centre.

Bus connections to Corsham and neighbouring Chippenham run every half hour. London Paddington, Bristol Temple Meads and Bath can all be reached within half an hour from Chippenham via train, First Great Western trains also serve the station. The M4 gives easy access to Heathrow airport and the A30/303 via M3 connect Wiltshire to London.

Amenities and shopping

Corsham hosts a local market every Tuesday, offering fresh fruit, vegetables and meat as well as local souvenirs and household items. Wiltshire’s farmers market visits the town on the third Saturday of each month, offering locally sourced produce. A French market and Italian market both also occur periodically in the town centre as organised by the council.

The Martingate Centre and Corsham high street feature branches of national brands as well as independent shops and boutiques. The Methuen Arms and its Michelin starred menu is the highlight of Corsham’s gastronomy scene with other Michelin-standard restaurants in the surrounding area. The town has a fantastic range of pubs, bars and restaurants to choose from and enjoys a vibrant social scene while still maintaining a sense of country town living.

Whilst every effort has been taken to ensure the above information is up to date, some inaccuracies may occur. If you notice any inaccuracies please contact editor@primelocation.com

All information was correct at time of publication and is provided in good faith.


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