Winchcombe, English Cotswolds

  Winchcombe, Cotswolds

This evening, I am posting information on the pleasant town of Winchcombe (pop 5347)  in the Cotswolds region of Central England. A visit here can cover sites spanning 6000 years of history plus scenery and other attractions. Winchcombe has a recorded history dating back to AD 810 and is mentioned in the 1086 Domesday Book. The name is derived from Old English and means 'valley with a bend in'.

Summary information on Winchcombe and environs:

  • Wealth derived from wool growing and trading in medieval period, as manifested in impressive church which was rebuilt in the 15th century.
  • About 10 miles from Cheltenham.
  • Belas Knap Long Barrow (image immediately below) dates from around 3800 BC.
  • Sudeley Castle is a visitor attraction dating from 15th century.
  • Stanway House and Fountain, a well-preserved Jacobean Manor House.
  • Cotswold Farm Park with emphasis on rare breeds.
  • Cleeve Common, an Area Of Outstanding Natural Beauty.
  • Centre for walking including the Cotswold Way.
  • Home to restored Steam Railway, the Gloucestershire Warwickshire.
  • Ruined, Hailes Abbey.

Belas Knap Long Barrow

 Sudeley Castle



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