CORSHAM man Andy Rose has launched a photographic treasure hunt, Corsham in Focus, which has a £500 top prize.

The hunt is included in his new book which features 100 atmospheric, black and white pictures from around Corsham for readers to find, including close-ups of architectural details, decorative ironwork and signs and inscriptions.

Readers can bid for the top prize of £500, sponsored by Hunter French estate agents, by filling in the form at the back of the book with the location of as many photographs as they can.

The idea came from Mr Rose and the publisher, Tim Jollands, from Weavern Books, after they published a book with a similar concept for Bath.

Mr Rose said: "This is a different take on a historical book, and I'm hoping it gets people out and about in Corsham, trying to find the location of the photos."

Head of community services at Corsham Town Council, Sharon Thomas said: "I think it's a great idea, and we are expecting to see many people around Corsham in the this lovely weather, especially over the Easter holidays.

"We have our own copy in the office and will be going out to have a hunt around ourselves."

A book launch at The Pounds Arts Centre in Corsham attracted a crowd of between 60-70 people.

Mr Rose's family have lived in the town since the 19th century.

He said: "I've lived in Corsham all my life and just taken an interest in the town.

"I've been taking photos for my business for seven to eight years, and I have another book full of pictures of the filming of the Poldark series, When Poldark Came to Corsham."

Entries should be posted to Weavern Books by October 31. Winners will be announced and a prize giving will take place on the evening of November 24 at The Pound Arts Centre.