In 1870-72, John Marius Wilson's Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales described Corsley like this:
CORSLEY, a parish in Warminster district, Wilts; at the boundary with Somerset, near the Weymouth and the Salisbury branches of the Great Western railway, 3½ miles ESE of Frome. It contains Great and Little Corsley hamlets; includes Corsley-Heath, where fairs are held on Whit-Tuesday and the first Monday of Aug.; and has a post office under Warminster. Acres, 2, 580. Real property, £5, 023. Pop., 1, 235. Houses, 303. The property is divided among a few. The living is a rectory in the diocese of Salisbury. Value, £215.* Patron, the Marquis of Bath. The church was recently rebuilt, and is in the early English style. There are chapels for Baptists and Wesleyans.
A Vision of Britain through Time includes a large library of local statistics for administrative units. For the best overall sense of how the area containing Corsley has changed, please see our redistricted information for the modern district of West Wiltshire. More detailed statistical data are available under Units and statistics, which includes both administrative units covering Corsley and units named after it.
GB Historical GIS / University of Portsmouth, History of Corsley in West Wiltshire | Map and description, A Vision of Britain through Time.
Date accessed: 24th October 2014
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