ST8477 : Main Street in Castle Combe

near to Castle Combe, Wiltshire, Great Britain

Main Street in Castle Combe
Main Street in Castle Combe
This village, situated where the Wiltshire Downs and the Cotswolds "meet", is a tourist attraction and was voted as Britain's prettiest village by English Heritage. This is the south end of the village, looking towards the centre. Originally Castle Combe was a British hill fort which became occupied by the Romans due to its proximity to The Fosse Way. Then came the Normans, who built the fort up into a Castle.

By the Middle Ages the village in the valley had become an important centre for the wool industry. The spinsters and weavers lived in the cottages (hence names such as "Weaver’s House") and the river, still known as By Brook, provided the power to run the mills.

In more recent times the village has hosted many filming activities, the most famous of these being ‘Doctor Doolittle’ filmed in and around the village in 1966.

The village is also a sanctuary to wildlife as it is a conservation area and enjoys the beauty of nature.

The Town Bridge seen here was originally of wooden construction, but updated in the 18th century.
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