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The delightful Cotswold town of Northleach is tucked away from the busy A40, between gently rolling hills, at a crossroads of the Roman Fosse Way. The streets in and around the ancient Market Place are rich in architectural interest ranging from half-timbered buildings and merchants’ houses dating from the 15th and 16th centuries, to the great House of Correction built at the crossroads in the 18th century. The Old Prison now houses a café, as well as being the offices for The Cotswolds Conservation Board.
When you walk through the town, you can see reminders of the great days of the wool trade. Funded by these merchants, the impressive church of St Peter and St Paul was built and remains one of the finest examples of the Cotswold perpendicular style. The Town Centre (Market Place) is compact and completely unspoilt, having changed little since 1500, except for more “recent” additions of the late 16th and 17th century buildings, which split apart to form The Green. Here you walk off the Market Place through the small alleys and discover houses whose upper levels of timber framing overhang great stone built walls and wide oak doors.
Most of the shops in Northleach are owned by independent proprietors – here you will find something for everyone from fresh bread and cakes, newspapers and magazines to specialist wines, fine quality meats and cheese, dolls houses and furniture, music boxes, cosmetics, cards and souvenirs. For those wishing to prolong their stay, Northleach has a number of establishments offering quality accommodation, plus a variety of eating places and public houses.
For visitors, Northleach is an ideal stop on the road from Oxford to Cheltenham, or between Stow-on-the-Wold and Cirencester and travellers who do take time to stop in Northleach will leave the Town knowing that they have shared one of the most delightful secrets of the Cotswolds. Just over the hill, Eastington is one of a number of small settlements along the valley of the River Leach providing delightful walking country and pure Cotswold views.
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