The Villages Of The Cotswolds
Blockley, High Street c1950, Gloucestershire
Reproduced courtesy of The Francis Frith Collection. Blockley, a Cotswold village in Gloucestershire situated in the north of the Cotswolds between Moreton-in-Marsh and Chipping Campden. Blockley is one of the largest villages in the north Cotswolds. Blockley lies off the beaten track, sheltered in a deep valley along the north-west side of the Blockley Brook.
Blockley is a pretty village, noted for the former silk mills which brought wealth and prosperity to the village during the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. These mills, the largest being Westmacott Mill together with the terraces on the valley side, give much of Blockley a distinctive character. The powerful Blockley Brook enabled the village to become one of the first to produce its own electricity.
The attractive village green overlooks St Peter and St Paul a Church of Norman origins and the bowling green, which is said to be the only piece of level ground in the whole of Blockley. The streets are narrow and lined with 17th and 18th century, traditional golden, Cotswold stone cottages built into the hillside.
Blockley, the Church c1955, Gloucestershire.
Reproduced courtesy of The Francis Frith Collection. There are several walks which lead from Blockley and can be followed using guide books into the beautiful countryside which surrounds the village.
There are several small shops which can supply visitors and residents with essential items, but for the main shopping a visit to Moreton-in-Marsh or Stratford-on-Avon will be required.
Blockley is off the A44 from Evesham 11 miles and Oxford 32 miles. Stratford on Avon is 15 miles, Moreton-in-Marsh 4 miles and Chipping Campden
The nearest rail station is at Moreton-in-Marsh with services operated by First Great Western Link.
Bus services connecting Blockley are:
- 21 Moreton In Marsh-Stratford upon Avon Johnsons
- 22 Moreton In Marsh-Stratford upon Avon Johnsons
- 522 Moreton In Marsh-Stratford upon Avon School Service Johnsons
On street parking, but please park with consideration to others.
- The Great Western Arms
- The Crown Hotel and Inn
- Lower Brook House
- Skylark Cottage
- Michaelmas Cottage
- Village stores with Post Office
- Blockley C of E Primary School