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Historical Cotswolds

historical-cotswolds-holiday-manor-cottages.jpg The Cotswolds is great for history buffs. You can stay in a Cotswolds holiday cottage with a history all its own, but there are plenty of fascinating stories, buildings and areas all around you as well.

Bourton-on-the-Water.

You may already have heard of the Fosse Way, some of which you can still travel along today. This is one of two Roman roads, the other one being Ermin Street. Fosse is a word meaning ditch, and there was one on either side of this particular road. Roman settlements are also known to have existed in places such as Bourton on the Water.

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Tetbury.

Some place names in the Cotswolds are rather dramatic – none more so perhaps than Upper and Lower Slaughter. Known together as the Slaughters, these are not as murderous as they might seem. The word dates from medieval times and refers to a muddy section of land.

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Cirencester.

You can revisit another area renowned in Roman times if you go to Cirencester and see the remains of the amphitheatre there too. Lots of coins and also some fine examples of pottery have been found there.

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Woodstock.

Everyone has heard of Blenheim Palace, which is now a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Building work started here in the early 1700s. There is plenty to see and do here, and it makes for an irresistible day out in the Cotswolds. A tour of the house is a must-do activity if you wish to learn more about its history.

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Another key sight in the Cotswolds is the Chedworth Roman Villa. This dates back to the 4th century and offers a remarkable insight into the lives of Romans who lived here then. The National Trust has installed walkways so you can get up close to the mosaics that were laid by the Romans. It’s amazing to think that everything you see here was once hidden beneath a field.

As you can see, history is a key part of the Cotswolds, and we have touched on just a small part of it here. The formerly-thriving wool trade is another major element that has led to many of the charming properties in this part of the country – one of which might be ideal for your Cotswolds holiday cottage.

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