• 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 presents...

‘The Man Who Knew Infinity’

Starring Jeremy Irons and Dev Patel, this is the story of the life and academic career of the pioned Indian mathematician, Srinivasa Ramanujan and his friendship with his mentor, Professor G H Hardy

7.30 pm, Thursday 20th October
Corsley Reading Room
Doors open at 7 pm
Refreshments and licensed bar

Tickets £6 from Acres Supply Garden Centre, 01373 832591

Highways England
A36 Cley Hill to Crockerton drainage scheme

Highways England are carrying out drainage works on the A36 between the Cley Hill and Crockerton roundabouts

The works will begin on Monday 5 September and will last approximately 12 weeks. It will involve the replacement and repair of drainage pipes and filter drains, along with the addition of a number of new gullies to increase the capacity for water removal from the carriageway and to rectify defects within the drainage system.

Due to the type of work taking place and to ensure the safety of both the public and our workforce, it will be necessary to fully close a section of the A36 between the Cley Hill and Crockerton roundabouts to through traffic at times during the scheme. There will also be 24 hour lane closures and narrow lanes in place in both directions for the duration of the scheme. Despite this, two-way traffic will be maintained for the duration of the 24 hour lane closures.

The full closures will take place overnight between the hours of 8 pm and 6 am and are currently programmed in as follows:
  • 28 to 31 October: full overnight closure of both carriageways
  • 21 to 23 November: full overnight closure of both carriageways
During these closures, a clearly signed diversion route will be in place. Access will be maintained for residents and emergency services.

Please note that whilst we always aim to work to the programme, unforeseen circumstances may mean slight changes to the programme. If this happens, we will do our best to notify you as soon as possible.

We would like to apologise in advance for any inconvenience or disruption the work may cause but we ask both residents and drivers to be patient throughout this period of disruption. We will of course make every effort to ensure that the impact on the local community is kept to a minimum.

If you have any queries or comments about the works and would like further information, please contact the Highways England Customer Contact Centre on 0300 123 5000 or by email

Harvest Supper

Saturday 29th October, 7 for 7.30 pm
Chapmanslade Village Hall

Bring your own drinks (glasses provided)
Tickets £7 for adults and £3 for children
Tickets and further details from:
Anne Good 01373 832505, or
PCC members

Come and join us as we celebrate harvest in the traditional way
with good food and good company!

Daffodils in Corsley

Volunteers wanted for daffodil planting!

The daffodils that you see alongside the roads in and around Corsley in spring were planted by a team of helpers, headed by John White, in 2000 to celebrate the new millennium. Like any other plant, over the last 16 years their numbers have declined and the display has become less and less: it's time to replant some of the areas in the hamlets.

The Elizabethan Evening Committee contacted the Parish Council to put up half the monies for the purchase of new bulbs so, to this end, £500 will be spent this year to do the areas where the daffodils have disappeared and one or two new areas.

Whilst the Elizabethan Evening and the Parish Council are prepared to pay for the bulbs, they are looking for willing volunteers in their areas of the village to do the planting. I would like to suggest a Saturday in late October — if enough people volunteer, we could plant quite a large area of the village; part of Corsley Heath, Longhedge, Temple, Lyes Green, Dertford and Whitborne Moor.

If you are prepared to help in any way, please contact John Helliar on 01373 832803 or email Judith Helliar

We could have beautiful village to be proud of again!

John Helliar
Chairman, Elizabethan Committee

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).



  • Saturday 1st

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

  • Sunday 2nd

  • Shoe Box Appeal launch – 10.30 am,
    St Margaret’s Church, Corsley

  • Tuesday 4th

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

  • Wednesday 11th

  • IT for Silver Surfers – 10 am, Corsley Reading Room

  • Thursday 13th

  • Corsley WI – 2 pm, Corsley Reading Room, OPEN Meeting ‘Liquid Gold’

  • Chapmanslade Parish Council – 7.30 pm, Chapmanslade Village Hall

  • Saturday 15th

  • Corsley and Chapmanslade Churches. Corsley Harvest Supper – 7 for 7.30 pm, Corsley Reading Room

  • Sunday 16th

  • Apple Pressing Day – 11 am ‐ 4 pm, Corsley Memorial Playing Field

  • Thursday 20th

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

  • Cinema Corsley ‘The Man Who Knew Infinity’ – 7 pm for 7.30pm, Corsley Reading Room

  • Friday 21st

  • Cley Hill Stompers – 9 pm, Three Horseshoes, Chapmanslade

  • Saturday 22nd

  • Rotary Club Fun Quiz – 7 for 7.30 pm, Chapmanslade Village Hall

  • Monday 24th

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

  • Wednesday 26th

  • Lite Bites lunch – 12.30 pm, Corsley Reading Room

  • Saturday 29th

  • Corsley and Chapmanslade Churches. Chapmanslade Harvest Supper, 7 for 7.30 pm Chapmanslade Village Hall

  • Poppy Appeal – house‐to‐house collections begin

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Rubbish and recycling collections


█ Black box recycling
Thursday 13th and 27th
█ Black bin
Friday 14th and 28th
█ Garden waste (chargeable)
Wednesday 5th and 19th
█ Blue bin
Friday 7th and 21st

Wiltshire Council Mobile Library

Fortnightly on Wednesdays
from 1.30 to 2.30 pm
at Chapmanslade School

26th October
9th November
23rd November
7th December
21st December
4th January
18th January
1st February

Please note that the Mobile Library
no longer stops in Corsley

Christmas Market

Saturday 19th November
Corsley Reading Room

The Corsley Reading Room Committee would like to hear from anyone interested in taking a stall at this year's Christmas Market. There's loads of time to get making/crafting lovely things to sell – wooden toys, crafted candles, Christmas cards, funky jewellery &ndahs; whatever you fancy selling!

Stallholders will be carefully selected to give buyers the widest choice of products possible.

To get ahead of the pack, please contact Vanessa Hyde on
01373 832700

Stalls cost £10 – all profits go to the stallholder!