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This evening, I am posting information on Castle Combe in the Wiltshire Cotswold region, often described as the prettiest village in England.

Castle Combe has changed little over the past 500 years. Most of the buildings are a product of the 15th century cloth boom.

Key features and information on Castle Combe:

  • Settlement dates from Saxon times but the Romans built a fort nearby.
  • After the Norman invasion in 1066 the manor was handed to Humphrey de L’Isle
  • During the 12th century Reginald de Dunstanville built the castle from which the village gets its name.
  • The village’s heydays were in the Middle Ages when Castle Combe’s cloth was a prized and lucrative product.
  • The Parish Church of St. Andrew dates from the 12th century.
  • The river running at foot of the village is called the Bybrook.
  • Weavers cottages from the cloth boom can be found in Water Lane.
  • The Manor House is now a luxury hotel.
  • In the centre of the village can be found the Market Cross which includes a stone tiled roof supported on four massive pillars.
  • The village has been used as a film set in the past, including “Dr. Doolittle”.

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The Market Cross is shown below.

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Image below shows the Butter Cross, a mounting block which denotes the site of a 15th century Market Hall.

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