The prettiest village in South-England: Castle Combe in the Cotwolds
Castle Combe is said to be the prettiest rustic village in Southern England, perhaps in all of Britain! It’s certainly true that a lot of movies and series have used its gorgeous scenery as a filming location; among these are The Wolfman, Dr. Doolittle, Stardust, and Steven Spielberg’s Warhorse. If you are fond of beautiful scenery than you should definitely visit Castle Combe in the Cotswolds.
Castle Combe is named after the 12th century castle that had once stood north of the village. The village was quite prosperous during the 15th century, when it belonged to the wife of Sir Stephen Le Scrope, Millicent, and then under the ruling Lord, a Norfolk knight named Sir John Fastolf, who resided in the manor for fifty years. He provided his own troops from the town for Henry V’s campaign in France. He also advanced the towns’ economy through promoting the wool industry.
Prime example of the traditional English village
Castle Combe is often said to be the ‘most beautiful village in England’, with the houses being built out of Cotswold stone. It is truly a quintessential English village, having a very dense history. The stones of the settlement architecture are, for the most part, honey coloured, which is typical of villages in the area. The centuries old stone houses are lined up besides each other with the occasional thatched roof cottage.
The St Andrew Church in the village is listed as a Grade 1 building, a ranking given only to buildings of exceptional interest. It was built partly in the 13th century, but most of the architecture is from the 15th century, which showcases the wealth incurred from the wool and cloth industry. The tower construction started in 1434 and was completed in 1576. In 1851 nearly all of the building except the tower was reconstructed faithfully to the original plans. There’s also a faceless clock on the exterior of the church, which is the one of the oldest functional clocks in England.
Castle Combe also plays host to a motor racing venue located on the site of the former RAF airfield. The Castle Combe Circuit has even drawn the attention of British automotive car television program Top Gear, where they hosted their 70’s supercar challenge.
If you are fond of cozy little villages with fabulous scenery than Castle Combe in the Cotswolds is an excellent destination for your day trip in southern England.
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Explore Cotswold untouched
villages like Lacock and Castle Combe.
Full-day tour from Chippenham to Stonehenge, Avebury and Castle Combe.
Visit the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Stonehenge.
Visit Avebury, one of the greatest marvels of prehistoric Britain, the largest stone circle in Europe.
Visit the tranquil village of Castle Combe
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