Tonight, I am reporting on the quintessentially English town on Cosham in NW Wiltshire about 100 miles directly west of London. Population is 13,370.
The town is probably of Saxon origin and translates as 'homestead of village of man named Cosa or Cossa'.
The architecture, augmented by beautiful countryside and strolling peacocks, attrracts film makers. The town has featured in Poldark.
Prosperity was driven by wool and stone. The former was used by Flemish weavers whilst the locally quarried stone was used in many of the town's buildings.
Places to see include:
- Corsham Court, a grand house which can trace back to Saxon times and which houses a collection of celebrated paintings.There are gardens designed by Capability Brown plus extensive parkland.
- The Pound, Corsham's gallery, theatre and cafe-bar.
- A wide range of independent shops.
- Eateries such as the Flemish Weaver and Methuen Arms.
Just 10 miles to the SW is the popular city of Bath with Roman origins and Georgian architecture.
St Bartholomew's Church
The Flemish Weaver
Free roaming Peacock