Charlbury in Oxfordshire

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Charlbury, Oxfordshire

Charlbury in Oxfordshire

Charlbury grew as a centre for glove making and many large houses were built by affluent traders, even though the town was not much more than a large village.

The Wychwood, rises above the town, it is the rump of the old Royal hunting forest, owned by the Cornbury estate, and once the home of the Earl of Leicester.

Charlbury is relatively unspoilt, and is a great place to visit if you want to see the real Cotswolds.

Charlbury Houses

The parish church reflects the importance of the town, has a 700 year old staircase, beautiful stained glass, and an ultra modern interior. The church is surrounded by picturesque cottages and the odd tea room.

St Mary the Virgin, Charlbury

St Mary the Virgin, Charlbury

St Mary the Virgin Charlbury   On the outside the building is traditional, but on entering, the visitor finds a modern setting. The Parochial Church Council (PCC) took advantage of the major restoration that was needed in the early 1990s to make a revolutionary change. The reason was to enable as many people as possible to see and hear what was happening during services.
     
The present arrangement allows for great flexibility: services take place in old Chancel, in the Memorial Chapel, and facing the west end of the church. The chairs, unlike the old pews, are moved around as necessary to allow for different needs in addition to services, e.g. Taizé services, exhibitions, concerts, conferences.   The modern Interior of  St Mary the Virgin in Charlbury

2 miles outside Charlbury is Ditchley Park, an 18th century mansion, now owned by the government and used as an Anglo American conference centre.

Charlbury Attractions

Charlbury Museum - Charlbury Museum contains displays illustrating the traditional crafts and industries of Charlbury, with maps and photographs.

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Cotswolds towns and villages

Bibury   Home to the famous and picturesque Arlington Row
Bourton on the Water   Bourton on the Water is sometimes known as "The Venice of the Cotswolds"
Broadway   One of the most beautiful villages in the Cotswolds, and probably England
Burford   Burford is a beautiful town on the river Windrush
Chipping Campden   An historic town with impressive buildings such as one of the finest wool churches
Chipping Norton   The highest town in Oxfordshire and sometimes known as "The Gateway To The Cotswolds"
Cirencester   One of the oldest and most beautiful market towns in the country
Fairford   Gloucestershire town, probably most famous for being the home of RAF Fairford
Lechlade   Lechlade is a small market town on the southern borders of the Cotswolds
Moreton in Marsh   Moreton-in-Marsh is in the heart of the Cotswolds, located at the head of the beautiful Evenlode valley
Nailsworth   Situated about 4 miles from Stroud, Nailsworth is a charming town with winding streets and a plentiful supply of nooks and crannies to explore
Northleach   A charming, under-developed Cotswold village
South Cerney   One of the largest villages in the Cotswolds
Stow-on-the-Wold   Stands along the old Roman Fosse Way on a 700 foot high hill
Stroud   The oldest market town in Gloucestershire
Tetbury   A centre for antique shops and home to The Market House built in 1655
Westonbirt   Home to the world famous Westonbirt Arboretum
Witney   Famous for Witney blankets
Woodstock   Home to Blenheim Palace, birthplace of Sir Winston Churchill

 
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