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Hampnett is a very small village up a minor road near Northleach, just south of the busy A40 road and just off the Roman Fosse Way (A429). Though the roads are close, little noise intrudes to ruin the sense of peace and quiet of Hampnett. It seems like a place forgotten by the passage of time, with golden-toned Cotswold cottages on a ridge, looking across wonderfully idyllic landscape of hills and drystone walls.
The area around Hampnett is bestrewn with ancient monuments. A quick glance and the National Monument Record maintained by English Heritage shows remnants of a medieval village, numerous Bronze Age round barrows, a Neolithic long barrow and further round barrow by Furzenhill Barn, medieval strip lynchets, remnants of a Roman settlement and an Iron Age settlement. And that's just a start. A Roman bronze attue of Hercules was found at Hampnett and is now in Cheltenham Museum. The Roman villa of Chedworth is a few miles away, and in the valley at Northleach is one of the finest medieval 'wool churches' in Britain. But the most enjoyable historic site is the lovely little parish church of St George.
The interior of Hampnett's church is decorated with truly amazing Victorian stencilling. The effect is startling, but it also gives a sense of the kind of colour a medieval church may have had. The stencil work, based on floral themes, was the idea of Rev W. Wiggins, vicar of Hampnett in 1868. The church building itself idates to the Norman period.
Address: Hampnett, Cotswolds, Gloucestershire, England
Attraction Type: Village
OS: SP097 162
Photo Credit: David Ross and Britain Express
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