Northleach ... a potted guide

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The Old Prison

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A working Cotswold market town with a lovely market square, Northleach was one of the most important Cotswold wool towns in the Middle Ages. 

The parish church of St Peter & St Paul is a prime example of a Cotswold "wool church". Its south porch is said to be without equal in England, and the pinnacled tower combines elegance and strength. The church, which has been described as "the Cathedral of the Cotswolds", has an extensive collection of brasses which commemorate the wool merchants whose wealth made the church possible.

Elsewhere in Northleach there are other examples of civic pride and benefaction such as two sets of almshouses, one of which was exclusively for women.

Another significant building is the Old Prison, built in the 1790s and situated on the edge of Northleach off the A429 Fosse Way. Visitors can still see one of the original cell blocks and court room in this fascinating building, which is now home to the Cotswolds Conservation 
Board, the Escape to the Cotswolds visitor centre and the Rural Life Collection.

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