Friday, July 15, 2011

Study Trip to the Cotswolds - Day 3

Our third day started out with a stop in Farrington, a Cotswold’s Village that isn’t touristy. I was interesting to see the difference, it terms of buildings and signage.

The second stop of the day was the Great Coxwell Barn. Coxwell was a monastic grange (farm) of Beulieu Abbey and the one surviving barn circa 1300 is a very impressive piece of Gothic carpentry.
We subsequently stopped to view the White Horse, a horse that is etched into the ground on the top of a hill acrosse the valley from Burbary Hill, an earthworks fort that we stopped at briefly.

We then stopped at a beautiful, if slightly dilapidated church, called “Church of St. John the Baptist”. It was built in the 11th Century and had an impact on William Morris starting the Society for the Protection of Ancient Buildings.

For lunch we stopped at a barn in Filkin, which has been turned into a Wollen Mill. It was an impressive example of adaptive reuse, as it also had a shop, restaurant, studios and small museum.

In the afternoon the group split into two. The first group visited William Morris’ home of Kelmscott, enjoyed tea and scones, then switched with the second group to go on a boat ride down the themes. 

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