History Facts: #6 Cistercians, King John, and a Barn!


Yet another piece of history not far from our Lechlade village, the magnificent building which is The Great Coxwell Tithe Barn. 1. Built between 1300-1310 AD, 2. It formed part of the Faringdon estate of Cistercian monks 3. The monks were granted a royal charter earlier by King John of Magna Carta fame in 1203 … Continue reading History Facts: #6 Cistercians, King John, and a Barn!

52 Books Challenge: #11 Company of Liars


Company of Liars is a novel set in the 14th Century, written by Karen Maitland and narrated for Audible by David Thorpe. It is 1348 and The Plague has just arrived in England and is spreading northwards from Bristol. A group of travellers decide to stick together as they attempt to outstrip the contagion by … Continue reading 52 Books Challenge: #11 Company of Liars

History Facts: #4 Anne Boleyn and The Cathedral of The Cotswolds


St John The Baptist Church, Cirencester, is the largest church in Gloucestershire and is often referred to as The Cathedral of the Cotswolds. Here are the most interesting facts about it. 1. The chancel was built in 12th Century 2. The church overall was built in 15th Century 3. It was built using the money … Continue reading History Facts: #4 Anne Boleyn and The Cathedral of The Cotswolds

History Facts: #3 A Little Saxon Saint


Minster Lovell is a small village and parish situated in the Windrush Valley, and midway between the towns of Burford and Witney in Oxfordshire. It’s divided into three parts, Old Minster, Little Minster and New Minster with a combined population of about 1500. Although there have been findings here from the Neolithic period, it’s the … Continue reading History Facts: #3 A Little Saxon Saint

History Facts: #2 This church is older than it looks!


Driving from our home to Uffington, inspired by a blue sky and winter sun, we had every intention of a walk up the White Horse Hill of Neolithic fort fame. However we got sidetracked by noticing for the first time, despite our many trips down this road, a rather splendid looking church in perfect cruciform … Continue reading History Facts: #2 This church is older than it looks!