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Tuesday, November 30, 2010

St John the Baptist Church Burford

St John the Baptist Church in Burford was built between 1160 and 1495AD. The Church has an interesting role in English history. In May 1649, 340 out of 800 troopers in the Parliamentary Army who had mutinied in Salisbury were confined here. Among these men, 3 leaders were identified and executed in the churchyard on May 17th of that year. These mutinous troops had demanded to be paid before being sent to Ireland and for steps to be taken toward a representative democracy. These troops were called the 'Levellers'. One Leveller, Anthony Sedley, carved his name on the font in the church.


St John the Baptist Church, Burford
The interior of St John the Baptist Church in Burford (see below) is particularly striking for its richness. The church has been described as the 'queen of Oxfordshire'.

St John the Baptist Church, Burford
Among the fascinating interior elements of the St John the Baptist Church in Burford are the numerous plaques detailing donations by local townspeople (see below).

St John the Baptist Church, Burford
St John the Baptist Church is located at the end of Lawrence Lane in Burford. Visitors to St John the Baptist Church in Burford may want to visit the rest of historic Burford as well as nearby Bourton-on-the-Water or Bibury.


St John the Baptist
Church Green
Burford, Oxfordshire
OX18 4RY
Tel: 01993 823788
St John the Baptist Map

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Monday, November 29, 2010

Burford

Burford in Oxfordshire is called the "Gateway to the Cotswolds". In fact, Burford was the first Cotswold town to be given a charter (in 1087AD) and thus became an official market town. Burford is even mentioned in the Domesday Book.

The name 'Burford' may mean 'the ford by the hill' and that 'hill' provided excellent pasture for the sheep and stone for its masons which were both important to the town's historical development.

Burford
The River Windrush flows around the town and can be crossed rather than 'ford'ed by the historic Burford Bridge (see below). The exact age of this bridge is unknown but it was repaired in 1322AD. It is also known that Queen Elizabeth I was greeted at this bridge in 1574AD by local luminary Simon Wisdom among others.

Burford
Visitors to this lovely town will find the visitor information centre (see below) on Sheep Street.


Burford
Burford is also home to the historic Lamb Inn (see below). The Lamb Inn became an inn in 1720AD.


Burford
Burford is located on the A40. Visitors to Burford may also want to visit nearby Bourton-on-the-Water or Bibury.

Burford Visitor Information Centre
The Brewery
Sheep Street
Burford, Oxfordshire
OX18 4LP
Tel: 01993 823558
Burford Map

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Oxfordshire

Sunday, November 28, 2010

Roman Amphitheatre at Cirencester

The Roman Amphitheatre at Cirencester dates from the early second century AD. The amphitheatre was constructed on the site of an existing Roman quarry. The amphitheatre once offered seating for more than 8,000 people which was more than the number of inhabitants of nearby Corinium (present day Cirencester).


Roman Amphitheatre at Cirencester
Visitors to the Roman Amphitheatre at Cirencester can enjoy the view of central Cirencester and its Parish Church of St John the Baptist (see below).

Roman Amphitheatre at Cirencester

Visitors to the Roman Amphitheatre will find the entrance on Cotswold Avenue in Cirencester. The entrance is marked as you see below.

Roman Amphitheatre at Cirencester
Visitors to the amphitheatre may also enjoy visiting the nearby Corinium Museum or Cirencester Park.
Roman Amphitheatre at Cirencester Map

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Saturday, November 27, 2010

Waterhay

Waterhay is in the western section of the Cotswold Water Park. The Cotswold Water Park is an area of 40 square miles and 140 lakes which were formed as the result of gravel extraction. Visitors to Waterhay can access walking and horseback riding trails around some of these lakes.


Waterhay
The lakes near Waterhay feature sparkling clear water and an abundance of bird life including Reed buntings and Kingfishers.

Waterhay
The Waterhay Hide (seen below) is accessible to visitors and provides opportunities for bird watching.

Waterhay
Waterhay is located in the western section of the Cotswold Water Park near the A419. Visitors to Waterhay may also want to visit nearby Cirencester Park, Tetbury or Malmesbury Abbey.
Waterhay Map
Tel: 01793 752413 (Cotswold Water Park general information)

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Friday, November 26, 2010

Primrose Hill Community Woodland

Primrose Hill Community Woodland is a 24 acre former pastureland site on the western edge of Bath. Primrose Hill Community Woodland has been planted with over 20,000 trees made up of 45 different native varieties including ash, oak, wild cherry, rowan, walnut and sweet chestnut. Footpaths like the one seen below make the woodland accessible to walkers.


Primrose Hill Community Woodland
Primrose Hill Community Woodland supports a variety of plant, insect, bird and animal life. Bird, bat and hedgehog boxes are being utilized to further encourage those animals.

Primrose Hill Community Woodland
Primrose Hill Community Woodland is easily accessible from either Lansdown Road or Weston Village (where it connects to the Cotswold Way).
Primrose Hill Community Woodland Map

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Thursday, November 25, 2010

The Cotswold Way

The Cotswold Way stretches from Bath to Chipping Camden by following the Cotswold Edge escarpment for 102 miles. The Cotswold Way has been a national trail since 2007. Signposts like the one below mark the trail for hikers.


Cotswold Way
The Cotswold Way utilizes public rights of way through privately owned lands. Hikers can enjoy the scenic splendour of meadows like the one below near Bath.

Cotswold Way
The Cotswold Way begins in Bath and hikers can enjoy fine views of the city (see below) as they climb along the trail.


Cotswold Way
Hikers can find this section of the Cotswold Way by following Church Road in Weston, Bath northwards past Weston All Saints Church.

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Wednesday, November 24, 2010

The Royal Oak Corsham

The Royal Oak in Corsham has been a pub since at least 1899. The name Royal Oak refers to the oak tree within which King Charles II hid to escape the Roundheads following the Battle of Worcester in 1651. Today the Royal Oak is both pub and bed and breakfast.

The Royal Oak
The Royal Oak is located in the center of Corsham. Visitors to Corsham may also want to visit nearby Corsham Court, The Almshouses, Saint Bartholomew's Church, or another pub The Flemish Weaver.

The Royal Oak
72 High Street
Corsham, Wiltshire
SN13 0HF
Tel: 01249 713607
The Royal Oak Map

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Tuesday, November 23, 2010

The Almshouses Corsham

The Almshouses in Corsham were built by Dame Margaret Hungerford, wife of Sir Edward Hungerford, Commander of Cromwell's Forces in Wiltshire, in 1668. At the time, the Hungerfords were living at nearby Corsham Court. The Almshouses also include a schoolroom, the Warden's House and stables. The schoolroom has its original 17th Century furnishings. The Almshouses are amongst the finest in England and are a grade I listed building.

Almshouses

The Almshouses are open to visitors from April to September on Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 11:00AM - 4:00PM and on Fridays and Saturdays from 1:30PM - 4:00PM. They are also open in October, November, February, and March on Saturdays from 1:00PM - 3:00PM.

Visitors to the Almshouses may also want to visit nearby Corsham Court, Saint Bartholomew's Church, or The Flemish Weaver pub.

The Almshouses are located on the corner of Lacock Road and Pound Pill in Corsham.

The Almshouses
Pound Pill, Corsham
SN13 9HT
Tel: 01249 701414
The Almshouses Corsham Map

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Monday, November 22, 2010

Corsham Court

The present house at Corsham Court (see below) was built in 1582 by Thomas Smythe. Prior to that, Corsham had been a royal manor since Saxon times, supposedly a seat of Ethelred the Unready (968-1016AD). Later, Corsham became part of the queen's dower going to two of Henry VIII's wives, Catherine of Aragon and Katherine Parr. Corsham Court is now privately owned. Visitors to Corsham Court can enjoy the house's significant art collection.

Corsham Court
Between 1761 and 1764, Lancelot 'Capability' Brown was commissioned to redesign the house and landscape the park (see below). The commission was for Brown second in importance only to that he received for Blenheim Palace.


Corsham Court
In modern times, Corsham Court has been a home for 8 generations of the Methuen family, and in 1796, Paul Cobb Methuen commissioned John Nash to remodel the north facade of the house. Nash also built the folly seen below.


Folly
Corsham Court is open to visitors for the summer season from 20th March - 30th September daily except Mondays and Fridays (but incl. Bank Holidays) from 2 until 5:30PM and for the winter season from 1st October - 19th March open weekends from 2 until 4:30PM, but Corsham Court is closed for the month of December.

Visitors to Corsham Court may also want to visit nearby AlmshousesSaint Bartholomew's Church, or The Flemish Weaver pub.

Corsham Court
Church St
Corsham SN13
Tel: 01249 701 610
Corsham Court Map

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Sunday, November 21, 2010

Saint Bartholomew's Church Corsham

Saint Bartholomew's Church in Corsham dates from 1132 but parts of it date from earlier Saxon times. Saint Bartholomew's Church in Corsham is a grade I listed building. Many interesting graves surround the church including that of Sarah Jarvis who died in 1753 at the age of 107 having grown a third set of teeth.

St. Bartholomew's

Visitors to Corsham can get a fine view of Saint Bartholomew's Church (see below) from the grounds of nearby Corsham Court.

St. Bartholomew's

Saint Bartholomew's Church in Corsham is located on Church Street in Corsham, not far off the A4. Visitors to Corsham may also want to visit the nearby pub, The Flemish Weaver, or Lacock Abbey.

Saint Bartholomew's Church
6 Church Street
Corsham, Wiltshire
SN13 0HG
Saint Bartholomew's Church Map

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Saturday, November 20, 2010

The Flemish Weaver Corsham

The Flemish Weaver is a pub in Corsham, Wiltshire. The Flemish Weaver is located very near Corsham Court as well as an historic row of Flemish Weavers' cottages. Original beams and features were preserved in a recent renovation.

The Flemish Weaver
The Flemish Weaver features real ales and a menu which changes daily. In good weather, the visitor may wish to use the rear garden (see below).

The Flemish Weaver

The Flemish Weaver is located next to the town hall on Corsham High Street, opposite The Royal Oak.

The Flemish Weaver
63 High Street
Corsham
SN13 0EZ
Tel: 01249 701929

The Flemish Weaver Map

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Friday, November 19, 2010

Barton End Stables

Barton End Stables offers private, semi-private, and group riding lessons and hacks in a rural Cotswolds setting. Barton End Stables is approved by the British Horse Society.

Barton End Stables
Barton End Stables features over 30 selected horses and ponies and extensive facilities.

Barton End Stables
Barton End Stables is located south of Nailsworth, just off the A46. Visitors to Barton End Stables may also want to visit nearby Woodchester Park.

Barton End
Nailsworth
Nr Stroud, Gloucester
GL6 0QF
Tel: 01453 834915
Barton End Stables Map

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Thursday, November 18, 2010

Roman Wall Cirencester

The Roman town of Corinium Dobunnorum (present day Cirencester) was second in importance only to Londinium (present day London) and added stone walls to its ramparts in the 3rd century AD. Polygonal bastions were added later in the 4th century. These defenses were used to protect the medieval town and abbey.



Roman Wall, Cirencester
Visitors to the Abbey Grounds In Cirencester today can find the remnants of the Roman Wall. This section has been excavated by English Heritage. Access is free.

Roman Wall, Cirencester
The Abbey Grounds which contain the remnants of the Roman Wall can be found behind the Church of St John the Baptist in central Cirencester. Visitors to the Abbey Grounds may also want to visit the nearby Roman Amphitheatre or Cirencester Park.

Roman Wall Cirencester Map

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Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Lodge Park

Lodge Park was built in 1634 by John 'Crump' Dutton, hunchback and Civil War era politician, as a grandstand for the then popular sport of deer coursing. The surrounding parkland was designed by the well-known garden designer Charles Bridgeman in the 18th century. Visitors to Lodge Park can also wander the paths of the adjacent Sherborne Estate. Both Lodge Park and the Sherborne Estate are managed by the National Trust.


Lodge Park

Visitors to Lodge Park can see the interior which was designed for gambling, banqueting, and entertaining. The interior includes many portraits like the one below of the philosopher John Locke.

John Locke portrait

Lodge Park is located 3 miles east of Northleach on the A40. Visitors to Lodge Park may also want to visit nearby Bibury, Chedworth Roman Villa, Hidcote Manor Garden, Cheltenham or Snowshill Manor and Garden.

Lodge Park
Aldsworth
Nr Cheltenham
Gloucestershire GL54 3PP
Tel: 01451 844130
Lodge Park Map

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Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Bibury

Artist and craftsman William Morris (1834-96) once called Bibury "the most beautiful village in England." Bibury is located on the River Coln whose pristine waters flow through the town (see below). Bibury Trout Farm is located on the banks of the River Coln and visitors can sample the local trout.


Bibury
The Arlington Mill in Bibury (see below) now houses a folk and agricultural museum which has a room dedicated to William Morris.

Bibury
The Swan Hotel in Bibury (see below) is a 17th century former coaching inn and offers private fishing on the River Coln.

Bibury
Bibury features a row of 17th century stone cottages called 'Arlington Row' which once housed weavers who supplied cloth to the local mill referred to above.

Bibury

Bibury is located about 6.5 miles northeast of Cirencester on the B4425.
Bibury Map
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Monday, November 15, 2010

Church of All Saints Martock

The Church of All Saints in Martock, Somerset dates from the 13th century. The Church of All Saints in Martock is the second largest parish church in Somerset. The church is made entirely of hamstone.

Church of All Saints

The Church of All Saints in Martock is well known for its carved oak ceiling (see below).

Church of All Saints

The east window of the Church of All Saints is from the 13th century.

Church of All Saints

Visitors to Martock may also want to to visit the nearby Treasurer's House.

Church of All Saints
Church Street
Martock
Somerset
TA12 6JL
Church of All Saints Martock Map

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Sunday, November 14, 2010

The Treasurer's House

The Treasurer's House in Martock, Somerset is of medieval origin and dates to 1293AD. A kitchen was later added in the 15th century. The great hall in the Treasurer's House has a collar-braced timber roof and 5 windows dating to around 1330. The Treasurer's House is now managed by the National Trust.



Treasurer's House
Visitors to Martock will find the Treasurer's House through this lovely arch on Stoke Road (see below).

Treasurer's House
Visitors to the Treasurer's House can also enjoy the lovely garden as seen below.


Treasurer's House
A remarkably preserved medieval painting (see below) can be viewed in the solar block of the Treasurer's House.

Treasurer's House

The Treasurer's House is located 1 mile north west of A303, between Ilminster and Ilchester. Visitors to the Treasurer's House may also want to visit nearby Barrington Court, Lytes Cary Manor, or Montacute House, or Stembridge Tower Mill.

Treasurer's House
Martock, Somerset
TA12 6JL
Tel: 01935 825015
Map of the Treasurer's House Martock

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Saturday, November 13, 2010

Stoke-sub-Hamdon Priory

Stoke-sub-Hamdon Priory dates from the 14th century and was the former priest's house of the Chantry Chapel of St. Nicholas. From 1518 until 1960, Stoke-sub-Hamdon Priory became a farm known as the "Parsonage Farmhouse". Stoke-sub-Hamdon Priory is now managed by the National Trust.

Stoke-sub-Hamdon Priory

Visitors to Stoke-sub-Hamdon Priory can view many remaining buildings including the House, Hall, and barn.

Stoke-sub-Hamdon Priory

The barn (see below) was used for the threshing and storing of grain, peas, and beans.

Stoke-sub-Hamdon Priory

Stoke-sub-Hamdon Priory is located 2 miles west of Montacute between Yeovil and Ilminster. Visitors to Stoke-sub-Hamdon Priory may also want to visit nearby Barrington Court, Lytes Cary Manor, or Montacute House.

Stoke-sub-Hamdon Priory
North Street, Stoke-sub-Hamdon
Somerset TA4 6QP
Telephone: 01935 823289
Map of Stoke-sub-Hamdon Priory

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Friday, November 12, 2010

Killerton

Killerton House was built in 1778-9 as a home for the Acland family, one of Devon's oldest families. In 1944, Sir Richard Acland "gave away" Killerton to the National Trust and used the proceeds to further his political beliefs. Sir Richard Acland was a devoted socialist and one of the founders of the British Commonwealth Party.


Killerton
Killerton features a beautiful garden, created by John Veitch, with rhododendrons, magnolias and rare trees. The surrounding Devon countryside (see below) is picturesque.

Killerton
Visitors to Killerton can enjoy the historic fashion exhibition 'Elegance' which explores the fabulous and luxurious dress of the past 200 years. Visitors to Killerton can also enjoy the sites in nearby Exeter such as Exeter Cathedral, Rougemont Castle, etc.

Killerton is located off the Exeter-Cullompton road (B3181).

Killerton
Broadclyst, Exeter
Devon EX5 3LE
Tel: 01392 881345
Map of Killerton

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Thursday, November 11, 2010

Leigh Woods

Leigh Woods are a broadleaf woodland on a plateau above the Avon Gorge in Bristol. Designated pathways (see the map below) offer the visitor relaxing walks through oak, small-leaf lime, and ash forests. The site is now managed by the National Trust.

Leigh Woods

Walking along the pathway leads the visitor to Stokeleigh Camp (see below) which was an Iron Age hill fort (dating from 350BC) that defended the crossing over the River Avon.

Leigh Woods

Further along the pathway, visitors are treated to spectacular views of the Avon Gorge like the one below.
Leigh Woods

Leigh Woods are located near the Clifton Suspension Bridge in Bristol and can be accessed via North Road. Visitors to Leigh Woods may also want to visit nearby Tyntesfield.

Reserve Office
Valley Road
Leigh Woods
North Somerset BS8 3PZ
Tel: 0117 9731645
Map of Leigh Woods

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