• 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 Corsley 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, Cley 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 its 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 its 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, Cley 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 its 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 its chalk.

Corsley Parish Council — July Briefing

June saw just one meeting, a quarterly meeting, with the main formal business being the approval of the annual accounts and statutory reports that all PC's have to make. These are not detailed in this brief, but can be viewed on the Parish Council pages on this website. We also considered one planning application and discussed updates on regular items.

The PC is now in ‘Summer recess’ and with no meetings scheduled until September and, unless there is a need for an occasional meeting before then, the next Bridge brief will be October.

Planning Applications

Change of use and conversion of agricultural barn into three residential dwellings, including demolition of remaining barns to form gardens and paddocks at Sturford Mead Farm, Corsley.

This was considered at the previous PC meeting, but there was concern that the comments offered to Wiltshire had not correctly represented the consensus of views on 13 May, It was thus agreed to amend/clarify the comments made previously to the Planning Authority in respect of this application, making clear that: ‘The PC would prefer light industrial development for the site but that if it were determined that residential development was appropriate then the PC would reaffirm its concerns about the road safety dangers due to the lack of footway access.’
Post meeting: this planning application has been withdrawn.

Alterations to existing garage forming additional accommodation, re-build of existing outbuilding as ancillary annexe and erection of summerhouse at Jessimine, 13 Longhedge, Corsley, BA12 7QZ

The PC agreed that no objection be raised to this application but felt that comment should be offered on presentation of the application, the lack of detail and the poor documentation, particularly the obscurity of the intended use of the ‘ancillary’ annex proposed. These aspects were unhelpful in considering the case. The usual conditions regarding the use of the altered property should apply, ie it shall not be disposed of or converted into a separate dwelling.


Corsley Heath Road Safety (CATG)
Drawings have been completed, awaiting a response from the bus operators before they are released to the PC (the pavement extension affects access to the bus pull‐in). As a result of survey it has been identified the road is too narrow to move the Reading Room junction ‘Give Way line’ forward to improve line of sight. The alternative is signing and road markings to slow traffic, which are in the programme. The Hollow junction can be adjusted. In conjunction with work already completed as part of the Bay Tree development this will increase driver awareness and reduce speed. For pedestrians it will increase the level of safety when crossing this busy road.

Metro Test

The results were nearer the threshold for a speed watch (85th percentile over 46.1 mph) than last time, but not close enough. The Red Cottage section was 85% at 45.5mph and the Lane End section 42.9 mph. The PC will continue to pursue Wiltshire Police to try and get their support for a speedwatch and will consider repeating the count in 12 months' time.

Sturford Lane

The last dead tree was removed a week ago, completing the Longleat and Sturford Mead work to reduce the risk of trees coming down across the lane. Both are committed to regular surveys to keep this work up‐to‐date. Mud clearance has been booked for the lane and Sturford Mead have agreed to take the spoil.

Deep Lane Speed Limit

The case for re-consideration of a speed 30mph limit for Deep Lane was debated. On checking the 2014 speed limit survey it was clear that Deep Lane had been surveyed at that time, with no change to the speed limit recommended on the grounds that ‘environmental conditions were seen to limit speeds to below 30mph’. If a new survey were to go ahead now, the PC would be required to pay in the region of £4000 against evidence of the reported change to the traffic conditions which is anecdotal. This level of expenditure was far in excess of any budgetary or reasonable precept provision and unjustified. The PC agreed not to go any further with this issue.

Fly Tipping

A recent incident in Deep lane had been reported. The Chair also reported correspondence with Chapmanslade PC about reported recent fly tipping at Water Farm on the public byway, just on the Chapmanslade/Corsley boundary, including a burnt‐out car. Chapmanslade were keen to try and put pressure on Wiltshire Council to find a way to reduce the incidences of such behaviour. It was suggested to Chapmanslade that a log be kept of details on both sides of the boundary so that a joint approach could be made to Wiltshire Council if the problems persisted. It should be noted that there is a comprehensive fly tipping reporting system on Wiltshire Council's website and any individual discovering an occurrence of fly tipping should make a report by this means. It would also be helpful if the report number is passed to Simon Jasper (corsleypcroads@mail.com) to allow follow up with the Parish Steward and contractor, and help to get a fuller picture of the problem.


The Parish has been offered the Official Scheme. This has followed on from the excellent work put in by Gill Shepherd and her volunteers on the pilot scheme. The official scheme requires a coordinator and volunteers, with the Police take the lead and issuing warning letters. Subsequent offences are then passed to Council Licencing for prosecution, of which there have been a number from official schemes across the County. The warning letter from this full scheme has more impact as it is issued by the Police and the volunteers are effectively operating in support of the Police. The aim is deterrence. Gill Shepherd is taking on the coordination role and will be looking for volunteers. Let her know if you can help or know of anyone wishing to join in: sheppardpxt@gmail.com.

Parish Council Accounts

The following reports were tabled and agreed:
  • Annual Internal Audit Report 2018/2019
  • Annual Governance Statement 2018/2019
  • Accounting Statements 2018/2019
  • Audited Accounts for 2018/2019
Copies may be viewed on the Parish Council pages of this website

Housing Survey

The returns of the supplementary PC questionnaire, intended to elicit views on open market housing need in Corsley, circulated with the Housing Needs survey, had been analysed. 64 responses had been received representing 20% of those distributed. The answers were:
1. Is this your main home?
100% of responses related to main homes.

2. Are you the house-owner?
94% were home-owners, 6% (four, were not)

3. How many people live permanently in the house?
No of occupants Percentage of responses Numbers of each
One 23% 15
Two 42% 27
Three 17% 11
Four 16% 10
Five 2% 1

4. How many bedrooms are there in the house?
No of bedrooms Percentage of responses Numbers of each
One 2% 1
Two 14% 9
Three 31% 20
Four 31% 20
Five 20% 13
Six 2% 1

5. Are you looking to downsize?
16% Yes and 84% No. Of the yes category (ten), three were ‘possibly’ in the near future.

6. Would you move to a smaller house (2 bedrooms or less) or a bungalow if one were available to buy in Corsley?
22% Yes, 78% No. From the other answers, notably Q8, the reason for the high number of ‘No’ answers could be a combination of perceived expense houses in Corsley, plus lack of availability and services.

7. Do you have any family members in need who have been unable to purchase houses in Corsley?
11% had family members likely to need accommodation, 89% had not. Of the 11% (4 responses), two were likely future need, the others unspecified.

8. Do you know of other reasons associated with the availability of appropriate housing that prevent people from living in Corsley? If so please state.
64% responded Yes, 36% No. Of the 64% the reasons included lack of a school, no shops or post office, poor bus service, A362 traffic, cost of housing in Corsley.

9. Whatever your needs, would you be in favour of more small (2/3 bed ) houses, or bungalows, being built in Corsley to enable young families to live in the Village? Please state preference for 2/3 bed, house or bungalow.
89% responded Yes, 20% No. The general preference was vey much 2/3 bed starter type and bungalows, with a small number, just three, mentioning bungalows for the elderly.

10. If you support development, would you rather see:
a. A large development at one site
23% Yes and 77% No. There were two references to Sturford and one to the OSPF as potential sites.
b. Smaller developments across the Village
66% Yes and 34% No. Of the Yes responses, several were site dependent, without any specific location preference.

Although 80% of the electors canvassed did not respond, which suggests that a large majority are uninterested in Corsley housing, Wiltshire regard a return of 20% sufficient for valid conclusions to be drawn . Of the returns, three responses stand out, question 6 which suggests that there is little interest in downsizing to smaller accommodation in Corsley, and questions 9 and 10 which showed support for further development in Corsley of small dwellings spread around the village. The results will be held as basis for judgement of any future housing proposals for Corsley.


Gill Parkinson advised that she had applied to the Corsley Show for grant money to provide additional steps for specific stiles where the current arrangement was difficult for less able walkers. She would be grateful if parishioners who do come across styles that are in need of repair, or similar modification, could contact her on corsleyfootpaths@btinternet.com.

Dates of next meetings

Please note that these are corrected dates:
Quarterly Meeting — 7.30pm, 2nd September
Quarterly Meeting — 7.30pm, 2nd December

Neil Britten
01373 832515/07810 764714

Wiltshire Council
Highways Newsletter
May 2019

Wiltshire Council Highways Newsletter - May 2019

Each month, Wiltshire Councillor Bridget Wayman, the Cabinet member for Highways and Waste, produces a comprehensive newsletter with a plethora of useful information about the responsibilities and activities of the Highways and Streetscene. The November issue covers parking, drainage, sponsorship of roundabouts, highway flooding, energy saving lighting, etc.

Download or view a pdf of the newsletter here

Corsley Community Wildflower Meadow

Corsley Wildflower Meadow

If you'd like to help out creating the new wildflower meadow at the Old School Playing Field, please do contact either Chris or Judith:

Chris Johnson
mobile 07885 695534

Judith Selman
mobile 07746 119418

or connect with Facebook ‐ Corsley Wildflower Meadow Group

They'd love to hear from you!

Corsley Photo Archive

Help us tell Corsley's story!

Houses are altered, pulled down or extended; landscapes change, trees are cut down, hedges disappear and, because we live here all the time, these changes go un-noticed. These alterations, recorded in the odd snap here and there, are often in the background. This project has been set up to document and display those changes for posterity.

We would do this by scanning, archiving and displaying the photographs and building a website. If the photos have creases or are a bit faded we can retouch the scanned image and supply a rejuvenated copy. If you are interested in this idea and can help as part of a study group or by letting us see your photographs, then do please get in touch with Phil Plumb or Liz Garrett.

Philip Plumb
01373 832441
91 Lyes Green, Corsley

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).



  • Tuesday 2nd

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

  • Thursday 4th

  • Chapmanslade Parish Council — 7.30 pm, Chapmanslade Village Hall

  • Sunday 7th

  • Chapmanslade Barbecue — 12 noon, Chapmanslade Village Hall

  • Sunday 14th

  • Corsley Wildflower Meadow ‐ summer jobs — 10 am into the afternoon, at the Old School Playing Field

  • Tuesday 16th

  • Public Meeting — 7 pm, St Mary's Church, Corsley to discuss the future of the church building

  • Thursday 18th

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

  • Saturday 20th

  • Toy Pig Race Night — 7 for 7.30 pm, Chapmanslade Village Hall

  • Tuesday 30th July to Thursday 1st August

  • Children's 3‐Day Tennis Camp — 10 am to 3 pm

  • Wednesday 31st

  • Chapmanslade Chicken Chasers — 7 pm, meet at the Three Horseshoes

click here for more diary dates...

Rubbish and recycling collections

July 2019

█ Black box recycling
Thursday 4th and 18th
█ Black bin
Friday 5th and 19th
█ Garden waste (green)
Wednesday 10th and 24th
█ Mixed dry recycling (blue)
Friday 12th and 26th
Visit Wiltshire Council for more information on what you can now recycle in your blue-lidded bin.

Wiltshire Council Mobile Library

Fortnightly on Wednesdays
from 1.30 to 2.30 pm
at Chapmanslade School

17 July
31 July
14 August
28 August
11 September
25 September
9 October
23 October

Corsley Tennis Club