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Corsham Court

CORSHAM, SN13 0BZ

If you fancy visiting a classic Cotswolds manor house but don't fancy the attendant crowds, come here - it's an interesting place in a quiet corner of the region. Corsham Court is an Elizabethan manor house. It was built in 1582 on the site of a medieval royal manor that had, for centuries, been part of the dower of the Queens of England. Paul Methuen, a wealthy clothier and ancestor of the present owner, bought Corsham in 1745. 'Capability' Brown's designs were employed in the house as well as the grounds, and John Nash made further changes to Corsham. In the 19th century Frederick Methuen, Lord-in-Waiting to Queen Victoria, married Anna Sanford. The young heiress who brought with her a collection of Old Masters, many of which were outstanding and important. Since then the Methuens, though primarily a military family, have shared a love of art and a commitment to preserving their inheritance. The fourth Lord Methuen studied painting under Walter Sickert (of the Camden Town Group) and, as a soldier in liberated France, served as Field Marshal Montgomery's advisor on the preservation of monuments and art. In later years Methuen let a large part of the house to the Bath Academy of Art, although the present Lord Methuen continues to make Corsham Court his home. The character of the house as we see it today dates principally from the middle of the 19th century. The staterooms are splendid, as much for their architecture and furnishings as for the paintings they contain. The picture gallery, designed by Brown, is a triple cube, 72 feet in length, with an intricately plastered ceiling and walls of crimson silk that match the Chippendale furniture. Van Dyck's superb Betrayal of Christ hangs here, together with Rubens's Wolf Hunt and works of the Italian School. In the elegant dining room are two Reynolds portraits of the children of Paul Methuen. Corsham also possesses an exquisite Annunciation from the studio of Filippo Lippi, a haunting portrait of the ageing Queen Elizabeth I and a sculpture of a sleeping cherub by Michelangelo. It further contains furniture by Chippendale, Adam, Cobb and Johnson. The garden has flowering shrubs, herbaceous borders, a Georgian bath house and peacocks.

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Prices

£10 (ch £5). Family (2ad+2ch) £25. Gardens only £5 (ch £2.50)

Opening times

Open 20 Mar-Sep, Tue-Thu, Sat-Sun & BHs 2-5.30. Oct-19 Mar open wknds only 2-4.30 (last admission 30mins before closing). Closed Dec. Open throughout year by appointment for groups 15+
Average visit 2hrs

Facilities

Parking.

Accessibility

Fully accessible. Platform lift, manual wheelchair loan, disabled parking
Toilets.

Corsham Court

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4m W of Chippenham off the A4

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