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Tel code: 01594 | code search
Postcode: GL7 | code search
Population: 4000
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Birthplace of:
John Keble
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Folk Customs:
Cooperís Hill Cheese Rolling
Cotswold Olimpick Shin-Kicking
Cranham Feast
Gloucesters Royal Lamprey Pie Gift
Marshfield Mummers
Pig Face Day
Randwick Wap
St Briavels Bread and Cheese Throwing
Tetbury Sack Race

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Royal International Air Tattoo
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Bull Hotel
"We were unfortunate to get the last room, No 5. The bathroom was very spacious but the bedroom was average & smelt of damp & stale beer. The adjoining children's room ..." More

Bull Hotel
"On arriving, the hotel looked great. In a very small village but a short drive from other villages and places to do and visit. Staff were extremely friendly and helpful. ..." More

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The old market town of Fairford sits on the banks of the River Coln, 8 miles east of Cirencester and 4 miles west of Lechlade. As it`s name indicates, it is a "Good" place to cross (Ford) the river and people have been doing so for millennia; Iron Age man, the Romans and Anglo Saxons all passed this way. In 1850 an Anglo Saxon cemetery was discovered at the western end of the town and in 1998 part of it`s settlement was unearthed, and in 2006 a Roman cemetery was found near Fairford with evidence of Roman and Anglo Saxon dwellings. By 1066 the land was under the control of the Saxon Earl Brittric, after the invasion his lands were given to Matilda, wife of William the Conqueror (Brittric had spurned Matilda`s advances whilst he was ambassador to the Court of the Duke of Flanders). By the fifteenth century the area around was part of the estates of the Earls of Warwick but, after the Battle of Barnet where Richard Neville - the Kingmaker - was killed, they passed to Edward IV. They were acquired by a Cirencester cloth merchant, John Twynyho and his son-in-law John Tame, John Tame moved to Fairford in 1491 and got permission to rebuild the church. It was rebuilt in the Perpendicular style with an elaborate tower on the earlier foundations, but it is most famed for it`s 28 stained glass windows made for the church by Barnard Flower, Henry VII`s Master Glass Painter. During the 18th & 19th centuries the town became a stopping place for stage coaches on the route from Gloucester to London, but of the five coaching Inns the operating at the time only the Bull Inn still serves it original function. Today Fairford has much to offer, walks along the river, the Cotswold Water Park, the 17th century Fairford Mill and a wealth of fine buildings and not forgetting RAF Fairford the home of the Royal International Air Tattoo.


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Bull Hotel (0.27 miles)

Bull Hotel

An historic 15th century family run hotel in the south Cotswolds. Run with charm and warmth expected from an hotel of this calibre.

This historic 15th century family run hotel is situated in Fairford's famous ... More | visit website

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Waiten Hill Farm (0.54 miles)

Waiten Hill Farm
The farmhouse stands within large gardens, where you will find vegetables and soft fruit beds, cherry, plum, pear and apple trees. There are also spacious south facing lawns with tables and chairs, ideal for picnics, ... More | visit website
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Lady Lamb Farm (1.26 miles)

Lady Lamb Farm
Lady Lamb Farm - a Cotswold farmhouse, surrounded by countryside and situated less than a mile from Fairford, with it's 15th century churchand outstanding stain glass windows. Seven miles east of Cirencester and close ... More | visit website
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Masons Arms (2.38 miles)

The Masons Arms is the quintessential english pub set in the heart of the cotswolds and we provide the perfect base for exploring all that the local area has to offer. all rooms are en-suite ... More | visit website
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The New Inn At Coln St Aldwyns (2.54 miles)

The New Inn At Coln St Aldwyns
Nestled in the heart of one of Englandís prettiest villages, The New Inn at Coln St Aldwyns offers excellent food and service, and a retreat from the pace of daily life. This charming, unspoilt Gloucestershire ... More | visit website
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The Red Lion (3.44 miles)

The Red Lion
This imposing 18th Century red brick property is the first pub on The River Thames. The extensive riverside gardens provide alfresco dining areas, with access to the river for launching of canoes and small dingies ... More | visit website
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New Inn Hotel (3.78 miles)

New Inn Hotel
Ideally situated on the banks of the River Thames in the market town of Lechlade-on-Thames, this characteristic 17th century coaching inn blends 250 years of hospitality with state-of-the-art comforts. New Inn provides an ideal base from ... More | visit website
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Bibury Court Hotel (4.11 miles)

Bibury Court Hotel

Probably the best kept secret in the Cotswolds, Bibury Court Hotel offers the ultimate in peace, tranquility and comfort. Set in 6 acres and bounded by the River Coln, the Court is a beautiful ... More | visit website

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Swan Hotel (4.41 miles)

Swan Hotel
An atmosphere of warm, convivial hospitality was established at the Swan in the 1600s. Today, The Swan has lost none of its former charm. It's warm hospitality is evidenced by the English Tourism Council awarding ... More | visit website
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Crown of Crucis (5.30 miles)

Crown of Crucis

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The Crown of Crucis is to be found in a picturesque village setting in the beautiful South Cotswolds near the town of Cirencester known as Corinium in its heyday of ... More

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