How the Cotswolds was named

Think of the Cotswolds and immediately you think of villages, stone walls, towns and small streams, and woodland. “Wold” means rolling hills and countryside. “Cots” is an Anglo-Saxon word for sheep enclosure, thus putting the two together becomes rolling hills where sheep are kept.  However, the Domesday Book refers to an Anglo-Saxon Cheif named King Cod who ruled the area, which became known as  “King Cod’s Weald land. Weald means woodland.