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Sudeley - A fascinating Tudor Castle

Katherine Parr, the last of Henry V111 wives, is buried in the small chapel in the grounds of the award-winning gardens of Sudeley Castle where she lived for many years. She is the only Queen to be buried on private land. She married Henry in July 1543 and outlived him by a year and eight months:  Henry died in 1547, and six months late she married Thomas Seymour. The marriage was short-lived as she died from childbirth in 1548.

Sudeley

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OwlPen Manor

OwlPen Manor often described as the "Loveliest house in England " is situated in the woods along Fiery Lane near Uley. The Tudor Manor house is a Grade 1 listed building owned privately by the Mander family. After a gap of 100 years, the house was restored by Norman Jewson in 1926. Well known for its Arts and Crafts, and wall-hangings dating back over 300 years, OwlPen Manor,  is a fine example of an iconic group of picturesque Cotswold buildings: The Manor House, Tithe Barn, Church, and The Water Garden and Terrace which have been open to the public since 1966.

Cotswolds , OwlPen, Uley

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Kiftsgate Court Gardens

Kiftsgate Garden, near Chipping Campden, is one of the Cotswolds finest gardens. It is a remarkable garden created and developed by three generations of women from the same family. It is well known for the Kiftsgate Rose (Rosa filipes) a heavenly scented rambling rose. The garden was first created in 1920 when Heather Muir created colourful borders around the house. In 1954 her daughter Diana Binny started to change the layout creating the semicircular plunge pool. By 1981 her daughter Anne and her husband Johnny Chambers had taken over and made the Millennium Water Garden and introduced new colours into the borders. 

Kiftsgate, Garden

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Castle Combe - The Prettiest Village in the Cotswolds

Described as the loveliest and prettiest village in England, Castle Combe was a small weaving town at the heart of the Cotswold Wool trade. Originally a Saxon Village, with evidence of nearby Roman Settlement, the village grew beside the Castle built in 1140 after the Norman Invasion. Sadly the Castle has now gone. The 12th century St Andrews church has a 15th Century faceless clock that used to ring the hours and is one of England's oldest working clocks. Visitors well photograph the bridge that crosses the Bybrook River used as a backdrop in many films such as Dr Dolittle, War Horse and Hercule Poirot.

Castle Combe, Cotswolds

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How were the Slaughters Named

Upper and Lower Slaughter are two of the loveliest unspoilt villages in the Cotswolds. There are two theories of the origin of their name:  the name Slaughter comes from the old English word "Slothre" meaning muddy, and so it became known as muddy crossings of the River Eye. There is no sign of any mud today! Alternatively, Upper Slaughter Manor dates back to the Saxon Period. Sometime in the 12th.C the Slaughter family became owners. It is not sure whether they took their name from the manor or vice-versa, but John Slaughter was undoubtedly the owner in 1282. The Tudor house that we admire today has been extended several times, but it is an L shaped house to give the impression of being enormous, and therefore the family were very wealthy.

Lower Slaughter, Upper Slaughter

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Bourton on the Water, Venice of the Cotswolds

Bourton on the Water is one of the most popular destinations in the North Cotswolds. The River Windrush was diverted through the village in the early 17thC. to power the mills, with bridges built to cross the river. Today visitors come for a day out not only to feed the ducks and paddle in the river but to admire its beauty and many attractions such as The Model Village, Birdland, The Motor Museum, Maze and Model Railway. The Venice of the Cotswolds is incredibly beautiful at Christmas when the giant Christmas Tree is erected in the river, and the lights sparkle in the water.

Bourton on the Water

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The most beautiful Village in England

Arlington Row, situated in the Cotswold village of Bibury, was converted from a 14thC. Wool store,  into a row of 17thC weavers cottages for workers who worked at the "new" degreasing mill. The Cottages, now in an Architectural Conservation Area, are owned by the National Trust. The Cottages rented out today, have been used as a backdrop in many films such as Stardust and Bridget Jones Diary. The fast flowing river Coln, where Trout can be seen, runs through the middle of the village adding to the picturesque Cotswold village scene.  William Morris described the Bibury as "the most beautiful village" in England in 1870. 

Villages, Bibury, Arlington Row