Wotton-under-Edge ... a potted guide
Places worth visiting...
Nestling under the Cotswold edge and overlooking the Severn Vale, this ancient town was destroyed by fire in the reign of King John and rebuilt in 1253. The oldest building is the timber-framed Ram Inn which is believed to date from 1350, while the almshouses in Church Street were built in 1638.
The parish church of St Mary the Virgin was consecrated in 1283 and possesses a fine late 14th Century tower. Inside the church, the Berkeley Tomb features what are said to be the best brasses of their kind in England. The 18th Century organ, built for King
George I, came from St Martins-in-the-Fields in London and was reputedly first played by the famous composer Handel.
One famous former resident of Wotton was Sir Isaac Pitman who invented his system of shorthand in 1837.
Wotton has a vibrant community arts centre and an open air swimming pool with retractable cover. The town is also an excellent centre for walkers.
The 'Edge' in the town's name refers to the Cotswold edge, under which Wotton-under-Edge nestles, overlooking the Severn Vale. An interesting Heritage Centre tells some of the history of the town.
Wotton is an excellent centre for walking and is on the Cotswold Way. Its main street has been called a 'department store within a street'. The refurbished Wotton Electric Picture House, which first opened in 1913, is now an all-digital cinema, offering an enhanced 3D film experience, attracting both mainstream and contemporary films.
Wotton also has a vibrant community arts centre and a highly respected auction room that has an antiques sale at the end of every month, including ceramics, paintings, jewellery and furniture.
The farmers’ market is the first Saturday of the month and on Sunday afternoons from April to October, many visitors enjoy the excellent "Town Hall Teas" provided by local charities and groups.
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