• 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.


In view of the departure of three of our litter pickers, the group keeping Corsley clean and tidy is now too small to keep going alone. So to those who feel aggrieved that so much litter is thrown onto our verges and lay-bys, could we ask for more help for about an hour a month?

We meet opposite the Royal Oak at 10am on the first Saturday in the month. For more information, please ring Cath Aylesbury on 832603.

Cinema Corsley

Viceroy's House

Thursday 28th September, Corsley Reading Room
Doors open at 7 pm, film begins at 7.30 pm

Viceroy's House in Delhi was the home of the British rulers of India where, in 1947, Lord Mountbatten is tasked with overseeing the transition of British India to independence. The film's story unfolds within that great house with the Mountbattens living upstairs whilst downstairs lived their 500 Hindu, Muslim and Sikh servants. A great cast is led by Hugh Bonneville as Lord Mountbatten and Gillian Anderson as his extraordinary wife Edwina. Gurinder Chadha has directed a heartfelt and very personal drama about the partition of India, which shows both the stunning beauty of the country and the people as well as the tragedy when religion and politics collide.

We're also hoping to show a short film to start the evening – with a Corsley theme!

Refreshments and licenced bar

Tickets £6 either on the door on the night or from Acres Supply

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.

Wiltshire Council lorry watch scheme — briefing note

Reference: telecon Jasper/Hutchinson (7th September 2017)

Mr Hutchinson is the Senior Trading Standards Officer for Wiltshire Council responsible for the Lorry Watch Scheme. The official scheme works as follows:
*Can lead to prosecution at this stage.
The vehicle registration numbers (VRN) are put through the Police IT interface with the DVLA and currently this is an issue. They only have sufficient capacity to cater for the existing official schemes. The police have been looking for a volunteer to input the data for all the schemes in Wiltshire for over a year. Unsurprisingly one has not been forthcoming, it is a considerable amount of work and needs an individual to be employed to carry out the task.

Corsley Lorry Watch will be submitting their sightings in a pilot scheme to establish access to the official scheme. Separately, the Parish Council need to apply to the Police and Crime Commissioner for resolution of the data input issue. This is a resource issue and will not be straightforward.

Simon Jasper
Corlsey Parish Council (Streetscene)

Operation Christmas Child

The mission of Operation Christmas Child is to show God's love in a tangible way to children in need around the world, and together with the local church worldwide, to share the good news of Jesus Christ.

Since 1990, more than 146 million children in over 150 countries have experienced God's love through the power of simple shoebox gifts from Operation Christmas Child.

Shoeboxes, leaflets and labels will be distributed at the church services on October 1st and 8th. The filled shoeboxes will then be collected at services on November 5th and 12th. The leaflets that accompany the shoeboxes detail what can be put in the shoeboxes. The shoeboxes are then distributed across the world to areas where they are most needed.

Some homes in Corsley now able to receive superfast broadband!

By the end of 2018, most residents of Corsley will have access to a much improved broadband service. For most homeowners, this means at least 24Mbps and for some, even better speeds of up to 80Mbps! Latest news

23rd June — Deep Lane
Power to the much anticipated box at Deep Lane/A362 should be laid by September, with cabinet installation and commissioning following shortly after. Early indications are that customer orders from those to be served by this cabinet may be able to be taken service providers by end September/early October.

23rd June — St Margaret's Church
It is hoped to have a date for the power upgrade to the St Margaret's Church cabinet soon (hopefully during July), with installation and commissioning happening soon after.

For local updates visit Corsley Broadband Project

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).



  • Saturday 2nd

  • Corsley litter pick – 10 am
    Meet opposite the Royal Oak

  • Monday 4th

  • Corsley Parish Council – quarterly meeting
    .30 pm, Corsley Reading Room

  • Parochial Church Council meeting
    6.30 pm, St Margaret 's Church

  • Tuesday 5th

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

  • Thursday 7th

  • Chapmanslade Parish Council – 7.30 pm, Chapmanslade Village Hall

  • Thursday 14th

  • Corsley WI – 7.30pm, Corsley Reading Room, ‘Crowns & Tiaras ' by Daphne Atkinson

  • Thursday 21st

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

  • Sunday 24th

  • Pub Quiz – 6pm, Cross Keys, Corsley

  • Wednesday 27th

  • Lite Bites lunch – 12.30 pm,
    Corsley Reading Room

  • Thursday 28th

  • Cinema Corsley ‐ ‘Viceroy 's House’
    7 for 7.30 pm, Corsley Reading Room

  • Friday 29th

  • Corsley & Chapmanslade joint Macmillan Coffee Morning – 10 am ‐ 12 noon. More info in September edition of The Bridge

click here for more diary dates...

Litter Pickers
New volunteers needed!

Meet opposite the Royal Oak at 10 am on the first Saturday of each month

The next ‘pick’ is on
Saturday 7th October

Do come along and help keep
our village beautiful!
(All equipment supplied)

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Rubbish and recycling collections

September 2017

█ Black box recycling
Thursdays 14th and 28th
█ Black bin
Fridays 1st, 15th and 29th
█ Garden waste (chargeable)
Wednesdays 6th and 20th
█ Blue bin
Fridays 8th and 22nd

Wiltshire Council Mobile Library

Fortnightly on Wednesdays
from 1.30 to 2.30 pm
at Chapmanslade School

Wednesday 27th September
Wednesday 11th October
Wednesday 25th October
Wednesday 8th November
Wednesday 22nd November
Wednesday 6th December
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