Cotswold Thatch or Cotswold Stone

May 15, 2012 | admin

When people think of a region like the Cotswolds, thatched roofs and roses around the door tend to come to mind. There are plenty of doors surrounded by flowers but very few thatched roofs. On the contrary, in the average Cotswold village, all the roofs will be made of the same material as the buildings […]

Rape Of The Countryside?

May 8, 2012 | admin

Cold and wet it might be, but time marches on and plants and crops are maturing. The countryside is either very green, as we expect, or very yellow, as we have come to expect. The yellow, of course, is the flower of the rapeseed plant, a comparatively recent arrival to English farmland, and, in some […]

A Trip to Leonard Stanley on Shakespeare’s Birthday

May 1, 2012 | admin

Last week I went to see Leonard Stanley – not as the name suggests, a comedian from the nineteen fifties, but a village in the Stroud valley, just south of Stonehouse, in the lee of the Cotswold escarpment. It is a village that you could easily pass through and think little of or, more likely, […]

A Swan Defends the Bridge

April 23, 2012 | admin

There are many beautiful villages in the Cotswolds. Some are famous, whilst others, equally deserving of admiration, remain more or less anonymous. Their comparative obscurity is their main attraction. Visitors are few because these places, being slightly out of the way, offer little except their essential vernacular beauty – there is nothing to buy, nothing […]

The Borderlands

April 16, 2012 | admin

The Cotswolds is a well-known name and eveyone knows that it refers to an area in the west of England famous for its pretty villages. What is more difficult is to define exactly where the area begins and ends. It is not as if it has a political or historical definition, like a county, or […]

All About Sapperton

April 5, 2012 | admin

When you visit Sapperton, close to Cirencester, you see a conventionally pretty Cotswold village, with its houses that could have been designed by Tolkien; its pub; its church; and general sense of timeless, rural England. What may not be obvious is its connection not just with the Arts & Crafts Movement (though there are many, […]

A Sunny Weekend Ramble…In March!

March 26, 2012 | admin

Inglesham Church

This weekend we have had the sort of weather with which we would be delighted with had it occurred in June, never mind in March. When the woods are already filled with bluebells and their intoxicating scent, and butterflies are sunbathing, the countryside is irresistible. On Saturday I went to Guiting Power, a perfect little […]

Cirencester’s Monumental Church

March 19, 2012 | admin


It goes without saying that a church is a place of worship. But the fact is that today, when religion is no longer universally followed, churches can have a supplementary role in our lives, as three dimensional representations of our history. In fact, in England, there is no more accessible and expressive sources of our […]

The Festival

March 16, 2012 | admin

Cheltenham Racecourse - THE FESTIVAL

Cheltenham, located at the foot of the Cotswold escarpment, has become known lately as a festival town – the Literature Festival is a major European event, and then there is the Jazz Festival, the Folk Music Festival, the Classical Music Festival, the Science Festival, the Cricket Festival. But when people here talk about The Festival, […]

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