cotswolds, burford



The first major Cotswold town you come to if travelling West from the East, and its an impressive introduction to Cotswold architecture. The wide High Street with its classical gables atop some gracious houses slopes down to the dreamy River Windrush. Burford was formerly an important coach and wool centre bursting with activity, hostelries and dens of rumbustious entertainment. Highwayman would burst onto the London Road and hold up coaches. Most notorious were the Fettiplace Gentlemen, blackguards one and all - see their Monument in Swinbrook Church.

A history of civil rights and religious tolerance prevailed here with the Burford Levellers.  On 17 May, 1649 three soldiers were executed in the Churchyard on the orders of Oliver Cromwell. These three had sort to undermine Cromwell’s authority whom they considered to be a dictator rather than a liberator. This event is celebrated every year with song, dance and speeches.  Today, there’s an abundance of hostelries and pretty cottages fronting the side streets. The Churchyard is a quiet location with some fascinating tombstones and a new tearoom.


“Special Places” to Visit

Burford’s Parish Church of St John the Baptist
Cotswold Wildlife Park
Cotswold Woollen Weavers
Minster Lovell Hall
Swinbrook Church
Upton Firehouse & Farm Shop
The Windrush Valley.

'Feast of the Dragon’ and Street Fair in June.