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Cotswold villages are located between Oxford and Gloucester in rural England.

  • Chipppin Campden
  • Coln St Aldwyn
  • Coln St Dennis
  • Hinton in the Hedges
  • Stow on the Wold

All of the villages are in close proximity to one another.

  • Wool merchant guilds before Norman conquest (1066)
  • Wool merchant housing 14th and 16th century

Bibury

  • Arlington Row - stone built cottages used to be housing for weavers
  • 17th century mill- display of arts and crafts, furniture and working machinery

Burford noted for churchyard tombs in the shape of wool bales

Cirencester - Medieval town, capital of the Cotswold area. Once an important town in Roman days.

Attractions:

  • St Johns Baptist church
  • Corinium Museum - focus on Roman Cirencester
  • Village Churches
    • Daglingworth Church - noted for Saxon sculptures
    • Elkstone Church - noted for Norman Arches

cotswold hotels england ukMalmesbury - attraction: Abbey converted into a weaving shed

Tetbury - attraction: 17th century market hall that was used to trading wool

Filkins Museum- Cotswold woolen weavers - 18th century woolen mill permanent exhibition.

traditional stone building in Cotswold villageTraditional Cotswold stone country inn set in quiet location with easy access to Bath, Bristol and London

Lechlade on the upper Thames River

  • St John's bridge
  • 13th century trout inn
  • cabin cruisers
  • trout fishing

Hatton Court GloucesterHatton Court Gloucester UK Hotel is A former splendid Cotswold home located between the Cathedral City of Gloucester and the village of Painswick.

Stratton House Hotel Cirencester is The former home of a leading wool merchant in Cirencester, Stratton House Hotel is located near the centre of Cirencester - the capital of the Cotswolds.

Lords of the Manor Hotel is a 17th Century Former Rectory Located in the Heart of the Cotswolds. 9 Acres of Formal Gardens and Park Land. Nearby attractions: Famous Gardens of Kiftsgate and Hidcote. Blenheim Palace, the Roman City of Bath, Stratford-On-Avon and Many Other Picturesque Villages Are Close To Lords of the Manor.

Kelmscott Manor - once owned by William Mores who was a utopian craftsman

  • typical manor home
  • Cotswold stone built home
  • split stones used for roofing resembling fish scales

Great Coxwell

  • tithe barn
  • built by 13th century monks from beaulieu abbey, Hampshire
  • incorporated great oaks timbers to support the roof

Fairford-

  • St Mary's church with 15th century stain glass windows are the work of Henry the 8ths masterglass painter

Chedworth cottages - 6 and half acres

  • best preserved Roman villa in UK
  • AD 180
  • Roman baths
  • Romans mosaics

Northleach

  • church tower built by wool merchants of 15th and 16th centuries whose names are engraved in memorial brasses
  • Cotswold countryside collection museum of wagons and farm tools

Chalford -

  • golden valley
  • round house conical roof and gothic windows

Cheltenham- Spa

  • mineral spring discovered 1780
  • Lord Byron (poet) once visited

Gloucester- is a Roman and medieval town, Cathedral is the top attraction.

Attractions:

  • National waterways museum
  • museum of advertising and packaging
  • folk museum
  • city museum and art gallery
  • tailor of Gloucester museum
  • Gloucester Cathedral
    • Norman Nave
    • 14th century stain glass
    • tomb of Edward 2nd
    • monks lavatory

Gloucester history

  • Edward 2nd murdered at Berkley castle
  • Henry 1st died in Gloucester
  • Henry 3rd was crowned here
  • Charles 2nd ordered the town walls demolished for vengeance for his father's (Charles 1) execution

 

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