If you were to book a Cotswold Tour Guide to help you find your way around, they’d be sure to include Northleach in your itinerary!
Northleach is a delightful Cotswold town 10 miles south west of Stow on the Wold, tucked away from the world between gently rolling hills. The origins of Northleach are thought to stretch back over 1,200 years.
It’s had rather a rich and colourful past – at one time Northleach was a great market town; celebrated for its Cotswold wool trade. The town of Northleach came into existence in 1227 when Henry III granted the right of a weekly market every Wednesday, together with the right to hold a fair on the Feast of St Peter and the two days either side. Business was so successful that the construction of the church of St Peter and St Paul was paid for as a result of the wealth generated by local wool merchants.
The church was built with stone dug from the quarry in the town giving it that warm honey glow people flock to the Cotswolds to admire. Sir John Betjeman said that the church was ‘one of the most beautiful of the Perpendicular ‘wool’ churches in the Cotswolds’. Its porch has been branded one of the most lovely throughout England and it’s often referred to as The Cathedral of the Cotswolds; so it’s really worth a visit to immerse yourself in the splendour of this building.
There are still weekly markets held in Northleach town where little has changed in the market place since 1500. It’s a great opportunity to explore the rich array of architecture throughout the town. You’ll see half-timbered buildings, merchants houses and of course a plethora of Cotswold stone buildings of all shapes and styles.
With around 2000 residents Northleach provides plenty of attractions for those who live there, as well as tourists. There are three pubs, two museums and plenty of sports clubs. If you’re visiting the town you’ll find art and antique dealers in the town to potter around.
Why not book a tour with us today and I’ll be your personal Cotswold Tour Guide? You’ll enjoy trips out to places many people have never heard of. You might see morris dancers putting on an impromptu performance, enjoy watching the ducks on a village green or find yourself immersed in breath taking views that are so off the beaten track you’d never have found them yourself. In between our trips out, I’ll take you back to my personal home – a traditional English thatched cottage – for coffee and pastries, a buffet lunch and traditional cream tea.