10 Things You Might Not Know About The Cotswolds

When people think of the Cotswolds images of beautiful countryside, stone cottages, fields of sheep and quaint towns and villages spring to mind, and these are all very true!

However we know a few things about the Cotswolds that you might find quite interesting. Let us know it any are news to you!

1.Many of the impressive buildings in the area were built from the prosperity of the wool trade. Even the church in Cirencester was built from money donated by local Cotswold wool merchants

2.The total length of Cotswold stone walls running through the Cotswolds is longer that the Great Wall of China

3.The Cotswolds is the largest Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty in the UK

4.You can see the tallest hedge in the country in Cirencester. This 300 year old yew hedge surrounding the Bathurst Estate is over 40 ft tall. It takes around 80 hours for a team of two to give the hedge its annual cut. The clippings are used to make a cancer fighting drug!

5.Cirencester was the second biggest Roman town in Britain. Until recently it actually had a larger population in Roman times.

6.The word Cotswold originates from the ancient English word ‘wolds’ meaning “gentle hills” - there are a lot of gentle and not so gentle hills in the Cotswolds!

7.The Church of the Holy Trinity in beautiful Stratford-Upon-Avon is the most visited church in England and is where Shakespeare is buried.

8.The 150 plus lakes of the Cotswold Water Park were created through 50 years of gravel extraction and now make up an area larger than the island of Jersey. They even have a beach.

9.The Royal Agricultural University at Cirencester is the oldest farming university in the world and dates back to 1842.

10.Jane Austin spent 2 years living in Bath which inspired her to write Northanger Abbey and Persuasion

Katharine Mabbett