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Friday, March 18, 2011

Castle Combe

Just 12 miles from Bath, Castle Combe in Wiltshire is an historic Costwolds village.

With a population of around 350 inhabitants, Castle Combe is known for its tranquility along with some fine medieval structures: the 14th century St Andrew's church has a rare faceless clock supposedly made by a local blacksmith in 1380, Market Cross, built when the village was granted a weekly market, and the 4-star Manor House Hotel.

Castle Combe

The village of Castle Combe once had a castle, which gave its name to the place, first a small Roman fort and later a Norman stone castle constructed in 1135, though the castle later fell into ruin.

Castle Combe was a centre of wool weaving using the water of By Brook which guaranteed it's prosperity.

Castle Combe has featured in a number of movies including Doctor Doolittle, Stardust, The Wolf Man and Steven Spielberg's War Horse.

Castle Combe, England, United Kingdom

Castle Combe is the home of Castle Combe Circuit, a motor racing venue, located on the now disused RAF Castle Combe airfield.

Visitors to Castle Combe may wish to see nearby Avebury, Lacock Abbey, Stourhead and the Wiltshire White Horses.

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