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Brief description of site

Corsham Court has 18th-century parkland featuring woodland and a lake, with 19th-century gardens close to the house.

Brief history of site

The earliest reference to a park on the site dates from the Calender of Close Rolls of 1246. Work on the present house began in 1582. Various plans were drawn up for improvements to the estate in the mid-18th century, but it is unclear to what extent these were implemented. Paul Methuen commissioned Lancelot Brown to work at Corsham Court from 1760 to 1780. Humphry Repton was commissioned in 1795, and John Nash was employed to alter and extend the house.

Location information:

Address: Corsham, SN13 0BZ

Locality: Wiltshire

Local Authorities:

Wiltshire; Corsham

Historical County: Wiltshire

OS Landranger Map Sheet Number: 173 Grid Ref: ST870706
Latitude: 51.4342 Longitude: -2.1884


The site is close to junction 17 on the M4, some four miles west of Chippenham.

Visitor facilities

Opening contact details:

The garden is open all week except Mondays and Fridays from March to September, but only at weekends in the winter.

Key information:

Form of site: landscape park

Purpose of site: Ornamental

Context or principal building: house

Site first created: Before 1246

Main period of development: Mid 18th century

Survival: Extant

Site Size (Hectares): 188

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