If you choose to visit just one Cotswold village make sure it’s this one. There is no better introduction. The harmony of Cotswold stone mirrors the town’s prosperity in the Middle Ages. The Gabled Market Hall was built in 1627 by the wealthy landowner Sir Baptist Hicks whose mansion was burnt down in the Civil War and the remains are the two lodges beside the Church.
The Church of St James is a tall and statuesque ‘Wool’ church. William Grevel, one of the wealthiest wool merchants is remembered in the church on a brass transcription which reads: 'the flower of the wool merchants of all England.' Opposite his house (Grevel’s House) on the High Street, the Woolstaplers Hall, the meeting place for the fleece (staple) merchants. The Dovers Cotswold Olympick Games & Scuttlebrook Wake is held in June.
“Special Places” to Visit
Court Barn Museum
Guild of Handicraft and The Gallery
Hidcote Manor Gardens
Kiftsgate Court Gardens
The Parish Church of St James