16. Arlington Row, Bibury

The former weavers' cottages that make up the picturesque Arlington Row in Bibury.
The new UK passport page showing the famous cottages in Arlington Row, Bibury.The picturesque group of cottages on Arlington Row in the beautiful village of Bibury is without doubt one of the most photographed Cotswold scenes.

It probably also one of the most depicted villages in the world because between 2010 and 2015, a picture of the former weavers' cottages in Arlington Row appeared on the inside cover of all newly-issued UK passports.

Situated about seven miles from Cirencester, Bibury was described by the 19th Century artist and craftsman William Morris as "the most beautiful village in England" when he visited it.

Each year thousands of visitors from all over the world come and admire Bibury's beauty - and it will have been seen by millions more on the big screen.

Bibury has been used as a film and television location, most notably for Stardust and Bridget Jones's Diary.

The Arlington Row cottages were originally built in 1380 as a monastic wool store which was converted into a row of weavers' cottages in the 17th Century. The cloth produced there was sent to Arlington Mill.

Emperor Hirohito of Japan was a big fan of Bibury.The mill stream flows past Arlington RowArlington Row is one of the most popular places to visit in the Cotswolds. into the River Coln and alongside the river is the impressive Swan Hotel.

The place where the wool was hung to dry after being washed in Arlington Row was known as "Rack Isle".

Today, this water meadow and marshy area, which is seasonally flooded and surrounded by water from three sides, is an important habitat for water-loving plants and birds.

Until the 1980s, the museum of Arlington William Morris described Bibury as "the most beautiful village in England".Mill held a collection of period clothing before it was shifted to Barnsley House. The Mill is now a private residence.

The largest building in the village is Bibury Court, a Grade II listed building dating back to 1633 which is now a hotel.

In recent decades, the Arlington Row cottages have helped Bibury to become a major attraction for visitors. Japanese tourists, in particular, flock to the village, and this is largely attributed to Emperor Hirohito having stayed in the village on his European tour when he was a Prince during the first half of the 20th Century. He subsequently became a fervent advocate of the area.

Between 2010 and 2015, people issued with UK passports were able to see a colourful picture of Arlington Row next to classic British landmarks such as Ben Nevis and the White Cliffs of Dover.

However, in a rather untraditional twist, the much-photographed Cotswold stone houses were portrayed as bright blue in the passport image.

More information

Arlington Row, Bibury, Cirencester, Gloucestershire GL7 5NJ
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