Monday, 25 June 2012
The Lady and the Laypeople
Seeing as the sun was actually shinning yesterday, I met up with a friend for a drink in Corsham.
Anyway, enough about my poor driving skills, this fabulous mixture of a building is the old almshouse and
town. Essentially an early form of hospital, it is a form of charitable housing which enabled local townspeople (mainly the elderly, ill or those who couldn’t pay rent) to continue living in that particular community. school of Corsham
Because of their function, almshouse often comprised of many smaller terraced houses that provided accomodation for a small number of residents. The gabelled ends on one side of the structure reflect this and on closer inspection it looks as though some doors have been blocked up as well.
Secondly, the position of the smaller Elizabethan Tudor window on the left hand-side of the porch makes me think that the porch is a later addition to the rest of the building. There are also Restoration style windows on the upper left hand corner of the building. So what I think (and this is just my opinion and maybe wrong) is an earlier Tudor building that has been adapted by Lady Hungerford who added the porch and possibly the later windows (may suggest something about the use of those rooms??) in the late Jacobean/early Restoration period?
Lady Hungerford lived a stone’s throw from this stunning building, right next door infact, in
. Her Husband, Sir Edward Hungerford, was Commander of Cromwell’s forces in Wiltshire throughout the Civil War.
Please note the new bag, Kerri is very proud of it.
There has been a manor on this site since the Saxon period and it used to belong to the Royal Family. Two of Henry VIII’s wives (Catherine of Aragon and Katherine Parr) lived here through the mid 1500s. The estate passed out the Royal family shortly after Katherine Parr’s time here and the original centre part of the house was built in 1582 by Thomas Smythe.
Corsham Court website
During the 1740s it passed into the
family who had the gardens redesigned and the wings added by none other than Lancelot ‘Capability’ Brown. In 1796, John Nash completely renovated the north façade in the Strawberry Hill Gothic style. However, much of this was replaced in the early 1800s due to unseasoned timber. Methuen
The building is now used by
for postgraduate research projects for those undertaking Masters and Doctorates. Bath Spa University