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The Cotswold area is rich in Limestone and the distincly honey coloured stone can be found in the buildings of towns and villages all over the Cotswolds.

Quarrying still goes on in the region extracting stone. The gravel extraction has had a major effect on the landscape of the Cotswolds. The lakes formed by gravel extraction in the area known as the Cotswold Water Park is a good example of this.

The Cotswolds owes a lot to the wool trade as much of the wealth of the Cotswolds built up around the Wool Trade.

Many Cotswold "Wool Churches", such as the impressive Church in Cirencester, were built with money donated by Cotswold Wool Merchants, who also built many large houses for themselves such as Grevel's House in Chipping Campden.

The Cotswolds, which stretches from Chipping Campden in the North down to Bath in the South is designated 'An Area of Outstanding Beauty' (AONB), the largest (AONB) in the UK.

The Cotswolds has one of the lowest population densities in England and much of the area has a very rural feel. Tourism is an important source of income and visitors come from all over the world.

The Cotswolds has links with many famous people, such as Sir Winston Churchill who was born at Blenheim Palace on 30th November 1874.

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