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Cotswold Churches

There is hardly a town or village that is without a place of worship and many of these are of historical interest. Churches in the Cotswolds can date from Saxon origins and many of the present buildings have Saxon relics.

 

Lower Slaughter Church Minchinhampton Parish Church


Most of the churches date back to the 11th century when, after the Norman Conquest the great buildings were erected but, most suffered during the Dissolution in the 16th century. Some like Tewkesbury Abbey and Malmesbury Abbey were bought from the King, to be protected for the people, and future generations.

 

Parish Church, Snowshill, Gloucestershire St Laurence, Bradford on Avon, Wiltshire St Kenelm's, Minster Lovell, Oxfordshire



The wealth of the medieval wool traders provided the cathedral size churches seen in some of the towns. Many of the benefactors are remembered in brasses that lie in quiet peace within the church walls.

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