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Corsham Community Centre at 70

Corsham Community Centre at 70

The Community Centre in Beechfield Road has served the residents of Corsham well. It was opened in 1944 by the then Minister of Labour, the Rt. Hon. Ernest Bevin. 999 pre-fabricated bungalows had been built in Corsham to house workers coming to the town seeking employment in the munitions stores 100 feet underground. The pre-fabs were established on land at Bences Lane, Beechfield Road and Boxfields. The Centre met their every social need – and that of the indigenous population.
Corsham Area Heritage has assembled it latest display to show just how fully the Centre has been used throughout its 70 years. As usual it can be viewed, free of charge, in the Pictor Room at Arnold House in Corsham’s High Street. Not a moment too soon, you are probably thinking – the building is about to be demolished, to provide additional parking for the Springfield Campus which is shortly to be opened.
Arnold House is the home of the Corsham Visitor Information Centre. It is staffed by volunteers and is presently open Tue-Sat, 10am – 4pm, and Wed, 10am – 1pm.

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