Corsham is an Ancient Parish in the county of Wiltshire.

Other places in the parish include: Corsham Side, Easton, and Pickwick.

Alternative names:

Parish church:

Parish registers begin:

  • Parish registers: 1563
  • Bishop’s Transcripts: 1605

Nonconformists include: Baptist, Independent/Congregational, Plymouth Brethren, Primitive Methodist, Society of Friends/Quaker, and Wesleyan Methodist.

Adjacent Parishes

Parish History

The Imperial Gazetteer of England & Wales 1870

CORSHAM, a small town, a parish, and a sub-district, in Chippenham district, Wilts. The town stands ¾ of a mile N of the Great Western railway, and 4 SW of Chippenham; it was a residence of the Saxon kings, afterwards of the Earls of Cornwall, and was long called Corsham-Regis; it had formerly a jail, a court-house, a market-cross, and some ancient buildings, which have been swept away; it forms now one long street of stone houses; and it has a post office under Chippenham, a railway station, an inn, a market-house, a parish church, and four dissenting chapels. The church is a large edifice, with central tower; comprises parts from Norman to late English; and has a richly carved screen and two altar-tombs. A weekly market was formerly held on Wednesday; and fairs are still held on 8 March and 4 Sept. The parish includes also Pickwick and Easton tythings, and Corsh-Side hamlet. Acres, 6,498. Real property, £19,654; of which £2,703 are in quarries. Pop., 3,196. Houses, 683. The property is much subdivided. The manor belonged at Domesday, to Earl Tosti; passed to the Earls of Cornwall, and to the Hungerfords; and belongs now to Lord Methuen. Corsham Court, Lord Methuen’s seat, has a fine south Tudor front of 1582, and a new north front in good Italian, by Bellamy; and contains a rich collection of paintings, founded by Sir Paul Methuen, the framer of the “Methuen treaty” of Portugal. The living is a vicarage in the diocese of Gloucester and Bristol. Value, £300. Patron, Lord Methuen. A chapel of ease is at Hartham, and a church at Corsham-Side; and the latter was built in 1866, and is a separate charge. A Gothic alms-house and free school, founded in 1672, has £60 a year from endowment; and other charities have £238. Edward Hasted, the historian of Kent, was for some years master of the free school; and Sir Richard Blackmore, physician to William III. and poet, was a native. Two alien priories were in the parish, the one a cell to Caen abbey, the other to Marmonstier. The sub-district contains seven parishes. Acres, 17,127. Pop., 6,979. Houses, 1,468.

Source: The Imperial Gazetteer of England & Wales [Wilson, John M]. A. Fullarton & Co. N. d. c. [1870-72].

Bankrupts

Below is a list of people that were declared bankrupt between 1820 and 1843 extracted from The Bankrupt Directory; George Elwick; London; Simpkin, Marshall and Co.; 1843.

Sartain James, Corsham, Wiltshire, sheep dealer, Feb. 17, 1843.

Parish Records

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England, Wiltshire, Corsham – Census ( 1 )
Census returns for Corsham, 1841-1891
Author: Great Britain. Census Office

England, Wiltshire, Corsham – Church records ( 7 )
Baptisms of 17 parishes west and north of Chippenham
Author: Wiltshire Family History Society

Births and baptisms, 1787-1836
Author: Independent Chapels of Monks and Corsham (Wiltshire)

Births and baptisms, 1787-1836
Author: Independent Chapels of Monks and Corsham (Wiltshire)

Bishop’s transcripts for Corsham, 1605-1875
Author: Church of England. Parish Church of Corsham (Wiltshire)

Marriage licence bonds 1628-1765
Author: Church of England. Perpetual Vicar of Corsham

Parish registers for Corsham, 1563-1971
Author: Church of England. Parish Church of Corsham (Wiltshire)

Parish registers for Neston, 1869-1911
Author: Church of England. Chapelry of Neston (Wiltshire)

England, Wiltshire, Corsham – Church records – Indexes ( 1 )
Parish register printouts of Corsham, Wiltshire, England (Independent) ; christenings, 1760-1836
Author: Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Genealogical Department

England, Wiltshire, Corsham – History ( 2 )
Corsham born and bred : a portrait in old picture postcards
Author: Flavin, Stephen, 1961-

Corsham Court : a Gothick dream
Author: Harcourt, Leslie

England, Wiltshire, Corsham – Manors ( 1 )
Corsham Court : a Gothick dream
Author: Harcourt, Leslie

England, Wiltshire, Corsham – Manors – Court records ( 1 )
Manor court rolls in Corsham, Wiltshire, 1646-1750
Author: Manor of Corsham. Court (Wiltshire)

England, Wiltshire, Corsham – Poorhouses, poor law, etc. ( 1 )
Poor law records, ca. 1866-1952
Author: Chippenham Union (Wiltshire)

England, Wiltshire, Corsham – Probate records ( 2 )
Register copy wills, 1462-1857
Author: Church of England. Perpetual Vicar of Corsham. Peculiar Court

Registered wills, 1713-1858; index to wills, 1462-1799
Author: Church of England. Perpetual Vicar of Corsham. Peculiar Court

England, Wiltshire, Corsham – Taxation ( 1 )
Land tax assessments in Corsham, Wiltshire 1780-1831
Author: Great Britain. Court of Quarter Sessions of the Peace (Wiltshire)

Maps

Vision of Britain historical maps

Administration

  • County: Wiltshire
  • Civil Registration District: Chippenham
  • Probate Court: Court of the Peculiar of the Perpetual Vicar of Corsham
  • Diocese: Gloucester and Bristol
  • Rural Deanery: Pre-1847 – None, Post-1846 – Malmesbury
  • Poor Law Union: Chippenham
  • Hundred: Chippenham
  • Province: Canterbury

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