The Towns Of The Cotswolds
The Cotswolds is the epitome of rural England, and
the small Cotswold towns have been fortunate in retaining, and preserving this
rural idyll. Conservation plays a large part in the modern day planning
and growth of all the Cotswolds towns.
Since early man, Cirencester has been the hub for
everyday living. The "Capital" town of the central Cotswolds district and the town
was also the capital of the Dobunni tribe, and was
second only to London in importance whilst the Romans stayed. Today it is
the administration centre for Cotswold District Council.
the largest of the towns although Stroud gives the appearance of
being bigger with local villages merging into each other. This is due to the
woollen mills that grew up around the valleys during the golden days of
the wool and cloth industries of the 16th and 17th centuries.
The honey-coloured oolitic stone is used in
abundance throughout the towns and villages and in particular Chipping
Campden, which, could be the most picturesque of all.
History has produced magnificent churches and
houses and large wool merchants’ properties line the main streets
laying testament to the wealth of the people who used their money to
build the towns we admire today.
Many are vibrant and most rely on tourism to generate
the local economy. Farming was the biggest industry but, it does not
generate the income that it once did. Farmers are now fighting back with
many of the towns holding monthly farmers markets which sell local
In the north Oxfordshire Cotswolds Banbury is the largest town and the administration centre for Cherwell District
Witney in west Oxfordshire is the largest town in the Oxfordshire Cotswolds and is the administration centre
for West Oxfordshire District Council.