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CASTLE COMBE has been called the prettiest village in England, so it may be surprising that many of us will have only seen it on screen - as the fictional Puddleby-on-the Marsh in Dr. Dolittle, the 1960's film with Rex Harrison, and more recently a backdrop to Steven Spielberg's film War Horse.
This magical village was once a weaving town at the heart of the Cotswolds wool trade: you can still see weavers' cottages where the local red and white cloth was produced.
In St Andrew's Church, don't miss the Norman monument to a knight; his legs are crossed to indicate that he fought in the Crusades. Also in the church is a medieval faceless clock, one of the oldest working clocks in the country.
It is not all chocolate box perfection. If you are a Petrol Head, visit the nearby Castle Combe motor car racing circuit said by Jeremy Clarkson to be one of the fastest in Britain.
Castle Combe lies in a valley and is considered one of the loveliest villages in the Cotswolds. It is one of the most visited and frequently finds favour as a backdrop for period television and cinema dramas.
Its adjacent wooded hill was fortified by Britons, Saxons and Normans and like most other places in the Cotswolds, Castle Combe's prosperity was based on sheep and wool. The village was important enough at one time to be granted the privilege of holding a fair where wool and sheep were traded.
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