• 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.
  • 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!
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.

Cinema Corsley

The Eagle Huntress

Thursday 19th January, Corsley Reading Room
Doors open at 7 pm, film begins at 7.30 pm

We are really pleased to have secured this film which was only released mid-December 2016 and promises to be one to remember. It is already being described as the surprise hit film of 2016 and being favourably reviewed widely.

Set against the awe‐inspiring beauty of the Mongolian steppe, this documentary film follows the extraordinary real story of Aisholpan, a 13 year‐old girl who wants to become the first female in 12 generations of her Kazakh family to become an eagle hunter: a tradition that has been handed down, father to son, for centuries.

Despite the inherent dangers involved and the vehement opposition of the elders, her father believes that, if she's determined, a girl can do anything that a boy can. Stirring and bolstered by thrilling visuals, The Eagle Huntress uses its heart‐warming message to tell this story of family, tradition and bravery set against the brutal landscape of a world where the Golden Eagle is still king. (Directed by Otto Bell)

Bar and refreshments
Tickets £6 from Acres Supply

Wonderful news for Corsley!

We are pleased to announce that a contract has been signed between Corsley Broadband Project Ltd and BT Openreach Community Fibre Partnership to supply ‘superfast broadband’ to the area centred on the cabinet at St Margaret's church; i.e. the ‘gap’ in the government‐funded scope. This will feed the majority of Deep Lane, down towards Lyes Green as far as about the Cross Keys. The target installation time is November 2017.

The cost of this is being met by a grant from BT (because of Little Cuckoos Preschool being a potential beneficiary), and the remaining (about £6000) coming from generous donations from Longleat, the Elizabethan Evening and a contribution from the Parish Council. The last reflects the consensus of the public meeting in September to ensure that the whole of the village was covered to the greatest extent, with the costs shared by all residents as far as possible. It reflects the determination not to have a situation where some of the village were ‘lucky’ and others ‘unlucky’.

We are extremely grateful to all those who made personal or business pledges to the Project and very pleased that the required funding is now available without the need to call on these pledges and other personal contributions.

We also recognise that this situation is, in large part, a result of a lot of work on all our behalves by BT Openreach, particularly Matt Lloyd, Head of Community Fibre Partnerships, BT. We are grateful on the village's behalf for his efforts.

Background and additional information

For legal reasons, we had to create a company limited by guarantee to sign this contract: the Directors of the company are Hugh Deed, Vanessa Hyde and Alice Cambridge who are unremunerated. Once the installation of the cabinet is complete and commissioned this company will be wound up.

The Directors, along with Neil Britten (Chairman of Corsley PC), Steve Mytton (PR & Media Manager, Longleat & Cheddar Gorge) and John Helliar (Elizabethan Evening) were present at the signing (pictured below) with Matt Lloyd.

As announced on 17th December the other ‘unfunded’ part of the village around the Court Lane area of Lyes Green will now be served by a cabinet to be paid for as part of the funded (BDUK/Wiltshire Online gainshare) scheme. This is now showing on BT's website (www.communityfibre.bt.com) and hopefully the St Margaret's upgrade will be reflected there shortly.

All residents are encouraged to go on this (BT) site and register their interest as soon as their property is shown as ‘in scope’.

We are awaiting some further information from BT including a better understanding of what speeds residents are likely to be able to receive. But, we are advised this will not be by individual property.

As any other information is available it will be put on this website including updates on delivery, as and when we are informed, for the whole of the village.

Finally, the observant may have noticed engineers working on the new cabinet in Corsley Heath, we are told this will be commissioned by the end of 2016… so the residents served by that box should expect to be able to sign‐up to that service soon if they want to get the higher speeds.

Hugh Deed
for Corsley Broadband Project Ltd

Neil Britten
Chairman, Corsley Parish Council

Last updated on 23rd December 2016

For more updates, please visit Corsley Broadband Project

Wiltshire Council
Temporary Closure of Temple (part)

Download a pdf of the road closure and diversion plan

Notice is hereby given that Wiltshire Council has made an Order to close temporarily to all traffic Temple (part), Corsley; from its junction with Sturford Lane for a distance of approximately 30m in a southerly direction to enable Wessex Water to replace a stop tap.

Alternative route: via Temple (unaffected length) ‐ Longhedge ‐ Whitbourne Springs ‐ A362 ‐ Sturford Lane and vice versa.

The closure and diversion route will be clearly indicated by traffic signs.

This Order will come into operation on 23 January 2017 and it is anticipated that the closure will be required for three days. It is anticipated that the works will take the stated duration to complete depending upon weather conditions. Access will be maintained for residents and businesses, although delays are likely due to the nature of the works. The Order will have a maximum duration of 18 months.

For further information please contact Simon Phillips (Wessex Water) on 0345 600 4 600.
Sustainable Transport Group, County Hall, Bythesea Road, Trowbridge BA14 8JN

Reporting grounds, cleaning and local highway issues to Wiltshire Council

As of the 1st September, Wiltshire Council changed their historical method of scheduled network repairs and maintenance. The reason for the chnage is to move away from cleaning clean streets, clearing free‐running drainage or cutting highway grass that has not grown. Programmed work (including Community Days) has now ceased and been replaced by a new system.

To ensure issues are addressed it is vital that reports are now 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).



  • Tuesday 3rd

  • Village Coffee Morning – 10 am ‐ 12 noon, Corsley Reading Room

  • Thursday 5th

  • Warminster Area Board – 7 pm, Warminster Civic Centre

  • Saturday 7th

  • Corsley litter pick – 10 am, meet opposite the Royal Oak

  • Monday 9th

  • Corsley Festival Choir rehearsals resume – 7.15 pm, St Margaret's Church, Corsley

  • Thursday 12th

  • Corsley WI ‐ ‘All in a Day's Work' ‐ cookery demonstration – 2 pm, Corsley Reading Room

  • Chapmanslade Parish Council – 7.30 pm, Chapmanslade Village Hall

  • Chapmanslade Loose Women meal at the Three Horseshoes

  • Wednesday 18th

  • Corsley Gardening Club ‐ slideshow by Gill Redman – 2.30 pm, Corsley Reading Room

  • Thursday 19th

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

  • Cinema Corsley – showing ‘The Eagle Huntress' – 7.30 pm, Corsley Reading Room

  • Wednesday 25th

  • Lite Bites lunch – 12.30 pm, Corsley Reading Room

  • Tuesday 31st

  • Deadline for submission of bids for funding from Corsley Parish Council

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Rubbish and recycling collections

January 2017

█ Black box recycling
Thursday 5th and 19th
█ Black bin
Friday 6th and 20th
█ Garden waste (chargeable)
Wednesday 11th and 25th
█ Blue bin
Friday 13th and 27th

Wiltshire Council Mobile Library

Fortnightly on Wednesdays
from 1.30 to 2.30 pm
at Chapmanslade School

18 January
1 February
15 February
1 March
15 March
29 March
12 April
26 April
10 May
24 May
7 June
21 June
5 July

Please note that the Mobile Library
no longer stops in Corsley