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Castle Combe: a picturesque medieval village in England once center of a thriving wool trade
From magnificent Gothic cathedrals and fairytale-like towns and villages to large fortresses that dot the landscape, England’s architecture of the medieval era offers a clear look back into history.
It was during this period that many of England’s historical sites and popular tourist destinations came to be. Certain unspoiled medieval towns and villages hold a very special place in English history and architecture, with Castle Combe being one of the most beautiful examples.
When you think of all those small medieval towns and villages throughout the country, many have the power to transport you back in time, but it seems that few can match the time travel powers of the tiny village of Castle Combe, which nowadays enjoys a reputation for being one of the most photographed places in England. It’s easy to see why.
Castle Combe is a small Cotswold village in Wiltshire, England, with a population of about 350.
Also dubbed one of the prettiest villages in all of England, this perfectly preserved slice of medieval history and architecture looks like something ripped straight out of the pages of a folktale.
Situated about five miles northwest of the town of Chippenham in Wiltshire, this hidden gem has been welcoming history buffs and medieval architecture enthusiasts for quite a long time.
The village was the setting of the movie The War Horse and also of the original filmed version of Doctor Doolittle starring Rex Harrison. Author: shrinkin’violet – CC BY 2.0
It is believed that the area where this picturesque village is situated was settled by Celts in ancient times, when the first fortification was constructed. According to most accounts, the village owes part of its name to a wooded hill and Norman bailey castle, of which little remains these days, though there are earthworks that show where it once proudly stood.
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