Thursday, 13 September 2012

We continue to be amazed

by the Cotswold villages
Pre- Wars of the Roses

The building that houses Broadway's Tandoori Restaurant was built five years before the outbreak of the Wars of the Roses.

The Court

Just outside the village, on the road to Snowshill, is The Court (built around 1600 as a gatehouse to Broadway Court, which stood in the field opposite until it's demolition in 1773.)

Cottages in Snowhills

Snowhills lies across the border in Gloucestershire. The village clings to the escarpment and stopping to take photos on its narrow, winding road  is both difficult and hazardous.

Bledington village green

Wednesday's outing took us up through Snowhills, stopping briefly at Snowhills Lavender Farm, before looking for a lunch spot in Stow-on-the-Wold. Parking proved impossible in Stow so we motored on four more miles to Bledington where we picnicked beside the village green, overlooking the King's Head Inn.

Bledington, like many Cotswold Villages is full of listed buildings. Pretty to look at, they must be a nightmare to maintain and a strain on the purse.

Fit for a Hobbit (or two)

House in Broadway, with drystone wall and 'balls'.

This Cotswolds' stone  is forever linked in my mind to England's Civil War. Many of the entrance gateposts to the grand houses and estates are topped with large balls - a nod to the cannoballs used throughout the war. Even the more modest houses in Broadway keep the tradition alive.

As we drive around the area, we can feel the history, in the land and in the buildings Tiny, thatched cottages that look as thought they were built for Hobbits, share the same terrace as larger dwellings made of warm Cotswolds' stone.