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Monday, November 29, 2010


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.

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.

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

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

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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