Lechlade-on-Thames ... a potted guide

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Lechlade-on-Thames, situated at the southern edge of the Cotswolds, is named after the River Leach that joins the Thames near The Trout Inn. 

As the highest point at which the River Thames is navigable, it is actually possible to travel by river or on foot from Lechlade to London. The town has a healthy tourist trade, particularly in the summer when the Thames is busy with cruisers, narrowboats and small boats.

There is also good fishing in the local rivers and lakes and the riverbanks are popular picnic spots. In 1210 King John granted a market charter to Lechlade which developed a thriving wool trade, and today the market place is central to life in the town. 

The parish church of St Lawrence is also a notable landmark and the churchyard inspired the poet Shelley to compose "A Summer Evening Churchyard" during a visit to Lechlade in 1815. The path through the churchyard is now named after him - “Shelley’s Walk”. 

With a population of just over 3,000, Lechlade boasts several pubs, a number of antique shops and several other retail outlets. Nearby Kelmscott Manor was the summer home of William Morris for 25 years.
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