• View of Corsley from Cley Hill View from the hill
    The manor of Whitbourne was sold in 1544, on the dissolution of the Monastery of Maiden Bradley, together with lands in Bugley and Corsley, also belonging to the Monastery, to Richard Andrewes and John Howe for the sum of £1,094.
  • Maple leaves in Dertford Woods, CorsleyMaple leaves in Dertford Woods, Corsley
  • Panorama of Corsley Panorama of Corsley
    Dominating the local skyline, a walk up Cley Hill will reward you with some magnificent views for miles around!
  • Sheep and lambs in CorsleySheep and lambs in Corsley
  • Sunset over Lane End, Corsley Sunset over Lane End
    Lane End is one of the seven hamlets that, by the Middle Ages, Corsley had been divided into: Longhedge, Lyes Green, Corsley Heath and three Whitbournes. Corsley was unified after the Reformation when it was gradually acquired by the Thynnes. In turn they bought the three Whitbournes, Bugley, Corsley Manor, Huntenhall and Little Corsley. The name Corsley is obscure, but probably comes from the Old British ‘Cors’ meaning reeds or a swamp.
  • Spider's web with dew dropsSpider's web with dew drops
  • Corsley ManorCorsley Manor
    Manor Farm, Corsley is a fine example of a grade II* Elizabethan manor house. In 1539, the manor of Corsley was granted to Edward Seymour who leased it to his steward, John Thynne. Eventually, Thynne was granted the manor and lived at the present Manor Farm from 1563 to 1568 whilst building Longleat House. The Manor celebrated it's 450th birthday in 2013 with a lavish luncheon for all the villagers.
  • Clouds over CorsleyClouds over Corsley
  • St Margaret's Church, Corsley St Margaret's Church
    Originally named St. James's Chapel and built before the thirteenth century, it was changed to St. Margaret of Antioch's Church in 1786. By 1830 the original church was in a very poor state of repair and too small for the parish. A new church was designed by John Leachman and whilst the re-building was in progress, services were held in John Ball's malthouse. The new church consisted of just a nave and tower — there's no chancel. Inside, the pulpit survives from the old church and dates from c1700.
  • Meadows between Corsley and ChapmansladeMeadows between Corsley and Chapmanslade
  • View of Dertford and Lane End from Dertford WoodAONB and SLA
    Corsley stands within the Cranborne Chase and West Wiltshire Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Outlying parts of the village not covered by the AONB are in a Special Lansdscape Area spreading from Corsley Heath across to Chapmanslade Ridge.
  • Cley Hill from CorsleyCley Hill from Corsley
  • Dairy herd grazing at CorsleyFarming
    Sitting on a fertile mix of clay and sandy soil, the farmland surrounding the village makes ideal grazing for both dairy and beef herds.
  • Flooding at Redford Water fordFlooding at Redford Water ford
  • St Mary's Church, CorsleySt Mary's Church
    In 1899 Mary Barton, of Corsley House, died and left £10,000 in her will for the purchase of a piece of land at Whitbourne Temple. She wanted an Anglican ‘chapel of ease’ built in memory of her husband and son. Opened in 1903, W H Stanley of Trowbridge designed the chapel in the Arts and Crafts gothic style – the interior retains many of it's original fittings.
  • Trees on the A362 at CorsleyTrees on the A362, Corsley
  • Cley Hill Cley Hill
    A scheduled ancient monument and declared a Site of Special Scientific Interest in 1975 and rising some 80m above the surrounding land, the hill is home to many plant and animal species having a nationally restricted distribution (a bit rare!). Covering more than 65 acres it is also significant for it's geology and archaeology: formed by ancient seas it has been shaped by man from prehistoric times right through to the 19th century when it was quarried for it's chalk.
  • Down the lane to Corsley MillDown the lane to Corsley Mill
  • Cley Hill Cley Hill
    A scheduled ancient monument and declared a Site of Special Scientific Interest in 1975 and rising some 80m above the surrounding land, the hill is home to many plant and animal species having a nationally restricted distribution (a bit rare!). Covering more than 65 acres it is also significant for it's geology and archaeology: formed by ancient seas it has been shaped by man from prehistoric times right through to the 19th century when it was quarried for it's chalk.

The Litter Pickers are no more...

It is with regret that, due to lack of any volunteers stepping forward to act as contact/organiser for the Corsley Litter Pickers, Cath Aylesbury has decided to hang up her picker and hi‐viz jacket after 10 years of sterling service to the village. The Corsley Litter Pickers are therefore no longer meeting for their monthly, hour‐long clean‐up of our village.

If you feel inclined to take up the reigns, please contact the Editor.

Wiltshire Council

Christmas and New Year waste and recycling collections changes

There will be no waste or recycling collections on Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year's Day.

There will be catch‐up collections on Saturday 30 December, Saturday 6 January and Saturday 13 January.

Garden waste collections will be suspended from Monday 25 December for two weeks and resume on Tuesday 9 January. Collections will be one day later than normal during this week. If you have paid for a garden waste collection you can leave your real Christmas tree alongside your garden waste bin on your first garden waste collection day in January, and we will ensure it is composted.

All collections, including garden waste, will return to normal from Monday 15 January 2018.

Lorry Watch

The 18 tonne weight limit on the A362

Proposed weight limits in Western Wiltshire and the A303/A350 junction

The proposed weight limits for Corsley, Maiden Bradley and Chapmanslade are environmental weight limits. As a direct consequence of implementing these environmental weight limits, the council's consultants forecast an increase in right turning HGV movements at the A303/A350 junction. Without significant improvements here the increase in HGV movements would have a detrimental impact on road safety.

The Government has a long term commitment to creating a new Expressway to the South West. The A303/A350 junction falls within the section between Chicklade Bottom to Mere. The long term proposal for this section includes a combination of on-line and off-line widening to create a dual carriageway throughout the section and includes a bypass around Chicklade and a grade‐separated interchange would be introduced at the A350.

At a time when resources are under increasing pressure it would seem profligate to spend public funds on design, land acquisition and implementation knowing that there was a commitment for a more comprehensive scheme at the A303/A350 junction. Highways England will soon be considering potential improvements for the next round of the Road Improvement Strategy. During the consultation process the council has highlighted the wider importance of improvements to the A303/A350 junction.

Chapmanslade Parish Council has asked for a 7.5T weight limit to be implemented ahead of other weight limits in Western Wiltshire (ie Maiden Bradley and Corsley Heath). Our response hasn't changed and remains that due to the likely re-assignment of HGV traffic, a 7.5 tonne weight limit for Chapmanslade is likely to increase the HGV traffic through Maiden Bradley and/or Corsley Heath, both of which have similar issues with HGVs as Chapmanslade. Therefore, a weight limit that is made in isolation in Chapmanslade (or indeed either of the other two aforementioned settlements) is considered to be inappropriate.

Excerpt from Wiltshire Council email

The 40mph speed limit in Corsley Heath

In relation to your suggestion for a lower speed limit on the A362 at Corsely Heath I can advise that in October 2009 DfT Circular 01/06 'Setting Local Speed Limits' was adopted as the basis for the Council's speed limit strategy. The circular requested that Highway Authorities complete an assessment of existing speed limits on 'A' and 'B' Class roads and implement any amendments by 2011.

The review of speed limits was completed in late 2009 and the findings of the review were circulated to all Parish Councils in December 2009 in the form of a CD entitled 'peed limit review A and B class roads'. The A362 at Corsley Heath was assessed as part of this review and the existing 40 mph limit was confirmed to be correct and appropriate. The assessment sheet for the A362 is attached for information.

It should be noted that Circular 01/06 was superseded in January 2013 by Circular 01/2013, however the criteria for 30 and 40mph limits remains unchanged.

I would advise that it has previously been agreed by the Council that speed limits on 'A' and 'B' class roads would not be subject to re‐review unless substantive environmental change, such as new frontage development, has occurred. Unless changes have occurred on the A362 since the review the council would be unable to consider the reduction of the speed limit through Corsley Heath to a 30mph as requested.

I accept this was probably not the response the PC were wishing for but I hope the above information is of use to you.

Even more homes in Corsley now able to receive superfast broadband!

Latest news

26th November
The cabinet on the A362 at the junction with Deep Lane has been installed and should be commissioned before Christmas.

2nd November
The cabinet at St Margaret's church is now live! Orders are now being taken by ISPs for houses within the following postcodes: BA12 7PB, BA12 7QE, BA12 7QQ. Check your property on the BT website.

For local updates visit Corsley Broadband Project
To check via Openreach, visit their website (use the search panel on the map of the UK) .

Reporting grounds, cleaning and local highway issues to Wiltshire Council

To ensure issues are addressed it is vital that reports are made through the ‘MyWiltshire’ system – accessed either by: If using the website or Apps, you can upload a photograph for a more immediate and accurate assessment of the priority need.

What can I report?

  • Bus shelters
  • Car parks
  • Council furniture and signs
  • Dead animal in the road or on the verge
  • Dog mess
  • Flooding
  • Fly-posting
  • Fly-tipping
  • Footpaths (pavements) and kerbs
  • Graffiti
  • Grass, weeds, hedges and shrubs
  • Materials on road
  • Mud on road

  • Needles and syringes
  • Oil/debris on the road
  • Pedestrian crossing
  • Playgrounds
  • Potholes
  • Public toilets
  • Public litter bins
  • Public right of way
  • Roads, drains and manholes
  • Salt bins
  • Street lighting
  • Street litter and sweeping
  • Traffic lights
  • Trees

These services now depend entirely upon active reporting and follow-up

Don't expect things to be fixed
if YOU don't report it!

Want to find out about roadworks?

Click here and choose ‘Interactive Roadworks Map’ to view the current status of all roadworks being carried out by the Council and the utility companies (e.g. gas, electricity, water).



  • Monday 4th

  • Corsley Parish Council – Quarterly Meeting – 7.30 pm, Corsley Reading Room

  • 25th Annual CLIC Sargent Carol Service and Auction of cakes gifts, hampers, donated vouchers, wines, spirits, etc. Free entry. Optional supper. All proceeds to CLIC Sargent. 7 pm, Frome Market, Standerwick. Details Dennis Barnard 832262

  • Tuesday 5th

  • Village Coffee Morning – 10 am ‐ 12.00 noon, Corsley Reading Room

  • Wednesday 6th

  • Lite Bites Christmas Lunch – 12.30 pm, Corsley Reading Room

  • Thursday 7th

  • Cinema Corsley ‐ Memories of Corsley and Chapmanslade – 7 for 7.30 pm, Corsley Reading Room


  • Saturday 9th

  • Little Cuckoos Christmas Fayre 10 am to 12 noon at Little Cuckoos Pre‐school, Lyes Green

  • Chapmanslade Village Hall Annual Inner Wheel Carols by Candlelight. 7 for 7.30 pm, hot supper, puddings, cheese, wine/soft drinks included. Tickets £12.50 (yes really) from Gwen Barnard 832262

  • Sunday 10th

  • Wreath making or decorating a gingerbread house – 7.30 pm, Chapmanslade Village Hall

  • Corsley Festival Choir ‐ A Ceremony of Carols Concert – 7.30 pm, St Margaret's Church

  • Thursday 14th

  • Corsley WI – 12 noon, Corsley Reading Room. Members only ‘Bring & Share’ Christmas Lunch

  • Chapmanslade Parish Council – 7.30 pm, Chapmanslade Village Hall

  • Sunday 17th

  • Chapmanslade School PTFA Christmas Fayre – 1 pm to 5 pm, Chapmanslade Village Hall

  • Pub Quiz – 6 pm, Cross Keys, Corsley

  • Monday 18th

  • Corsley and Chapmanslade Churches – Carol Singing in Chapmanslade High Street from 6 pm

  • Wednesday 20th

  • Little Cuckoos Nativity – St Margaret's Church

  • Thursday 21st

  • Church and Community Coffee Morning – 10 am ‐ 12 noon, Three Horseshoes Chapmanslade

  • Frome Rotary and Frome Lions Christmas Float tours Chapmanslade

  • Thursday 28th

  • Chapmanslade's Big Christmas Party featuring the Cleyhill Stompers– 7.30 pm, Chapmanslade Village Hall

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Rubbish and recycling collections

December 2017

█ Black box recycling
Thursday 7th and 21st
█ Black bin
Friday 8th and 22nd
█ Garden waste (chargeable)
Wednesday 13th
█ Blue bin
Friday 1st and 22nd

Wiltshire Council Mobile Library

Fortnightly on Wednesdays
from 1.30 to 2.30 pm
at Chapmanslade School

Wednesday 20th December

Wednesday 3rd January
Wednesday 17th January
Wednesday 31st January
Wednesday 14th February
Wednesday 28th February

Please note that the Mobile Library
no longer stops in Corsley