“Lift your eyes above modern shop fronts and the whole town is like a period set” (David Boulter, Producer, The Suspicions of Mr Whicher: The Ties That Bind, ITV, 2014).
Only two hours’ drive from London, Corsham is situated in the heart of Wiltshire’s telegenic cluster between the villages of Castle Combe and Lacock. Corsham provides a welcoming and amenable film location, with the Town Council offering collaborative relationships with local authorities and production companies.
Corsham is a unique and diverse location, with its architecturally significant High Street, ranging from Elizabethan to Georgian and Victorian buildings, encompassing a multitude of architectural features from mullion, sash and Venetian windows to mansard roofs. Many of the buildings still standing along the High Street, which spans 450 metres, were built in the 1800’s when Bath stone was first discovered in local quarries. The street is topped and tailed by the imposing Georgian Town Hall at one end and the 17th Century alms houses at the other.
Corsham owes much of its charm to the famous Bath stone, whose honeyed hues positively glow in the Wiltshire sunshine. If you are after a more dramatic setting, rain imparts a greyer tone to the stone, imbuing the town with a darker mood.
Highlights of the town include: the Town Hall, a spacious building with five open arches, built in 1793; the17th century alms houses, built by Lady Margaret Hungerford in 1648; the terraced row of 17th century Flemish weavers’ cottages, with traces of Flemish influence and a link to sheep farming in the nearby Cotswolds; St Bartholomew’s Church; the peacocks who live at Corsham Court and wander around the town.
Architectural historian Nicholas Pevsner (1902-1983) wrote that “Corsham has no match in Wiltshire for wealth of good houses”.
Corsham is not only a heritage site but also a bustling market town, and as such can provide the perfect backdrop to any production, regardless of era or genre.