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A picturesque Cotswold town graced by one of the most striking "wool churches" in the region.
It is easy to overuse the adjective "lovely" to describe Cotswold towns and villages, but Fairford surely qualifies for such a description. The town is rather stretched out, the oldest section and most of the shops being near the church, with residential areas spreading to the west and south. There are some, er, lovely walks to be had along the River Coln, where swans float placidly. There is a heritage trail, which starts near the church, and takes in many historic buildings, of which Fairford has quite a few!
The first glimpse of St Mary's, Fairford, rising above low pasture land to the west is likely to make unsuspecting visitors stop in their tracks and stare (as this writer did). The ornamentation of the tower is reminiscent of lace, so extravagant is the stonework.
The magnificence of the carving may seem out of place in this quiet market town, but it gives a fascinating glimpse at what life must have been like when the wool brought prosperity to this region. St Mary's Fairford is unique in that it possesses the most complete set of pre-Reformation stained glass in the country.
As a final, whimsical, touch, look for the carven effigy of a pet cat just outside the main entry (see our Fairford Photo Gallery for a picture). This is Tiddles, and if Fairford can be said to have an unofficial mascot, Tiddles must surely qualify!
Address: Fairford, Cotswolds, Gloucestershire, England
Attraction Type: Town
OS: SP156 009
Photo Credit: David Ross and Britain Express
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