The Towns Of The Cotswolds
Lechlade or more correctly Lechlade-on-Thames is at the upper reaches of the navigatable River Thames for craft from London
& the Home Counties. The town is dominated by the tall spire of the parish church of
St.Lawrence rising high
above the river just a short distance away from its banks
The town built on the confluence of the Rivers Leach, Coln & Thames straddles the three counties of Oxfordshire, Wiltshire & Gloucestershire. Lechlade has been a much favoured place to live since Neolithic man & there have been several Neolithic sites discovered in the area. The Romans also chose to settle around the town & two villas have been excavated. The most exciting & important archeological discoveries was the Saxon cemetery found close to the sports field & many of the artifacts found, show that the cemetery was in use into the early 7th century.
St. Lawrence Church was built in 1476 but there is evidence that a church stood on this site much earlier. The building is of a perpendicular style & there are many carved figures adorning the outside of the building. Inside there are good brasses commemorating local dignitaries & benefactors from the 15th & 16th centuries, a carved figure of St Agatha, a 3rd century martyr in the north aisle.
The town is bubbly with a steady influx of visitors browsing the small number of unique shops including the "Christmas Shop" & leisure facilities with the River Thames being a major draw.
Outside the church is Shelley's Walk and a plaque commemorating the poet Percy Shelley who stayed in the town and during his stay wrote "Stanza in Lechlade Churchyard", A Summer Evening Churchyard.
- 64 Swindon-Carterton Stagecoach Oxford
- 74 Swindon-Fairford Stagecoach Swindon & District
- Cirencester-Lechlade Adrians Coaches
There is limited time parking in the Market Square & High Street. There is further free parking at New Memorial Hall approx 350 yards from the centre. During the summer months there is free parking at the Riverside carpark on the opposite side of the river.
- The New Inn
- Black Cat Tea Room
- The Oxford Wine Company Cafe
Restaurants & Take Aways
- Colleys Supper Rooms
- Lechlade Friary
- Lechlade Fish Bar