Corsham has been voted as one of the top places to live in the South West by The Sunday Times.
Anywhere with a genuinely independent bookshop must be worth a look, and Corsham deserves a loving lingering stare. Ten miles from popular Bath, its built largely from the same pale stone, making it a more affordable alternative. Cafe society at Mother & Wild and the Deli is thriving; outstanding Corsham Primary and the local comprehensive are busy striving.
Surrounded by green chalk hills, the historic centre has a wealth of independent shops, which line the partly pedestrianised high street. As well as the bookshop, a luthier, butcher, Co-op, hardware store, bike shop, greengrocer, florist and a vintage homeware store all add to the convenient mix, along with Paul "Flog It!" Martin's antiques emporium.
This is an arty town, with local works on display in the window of the Right Angle framing shop and the Pound arts centre devoting three studios to emerging talents. Corsham Court, the nearby stately home, houses a stellar art collection, and a party of peacocks, that wander wherever they want, have become the town's unofficial mascot!