Cotswolds Trivia - Nicknames

Bourton-on-the-Water is known as "the Venice of the Cotswolds". Picture © Julia LindopThe River Windrush runs through the centre of Bourton-on-the-Water under a series of ornamental bridges, which is why the village is often referred to as "the Venice of the Cotswolds".
 

With its ancient origins and as the main town within the Cotswold district, Cirencester is known as "the Capital of the Cotswolds".


Stroud has a significant artistic community that dates back to the early part of the 20th Century.
The fashion designer Jasper Conran has called Stroud "the Covent Garden of the Cotswolds" while the Daily Telegraph referred to the town as "the artistic equivalent of bookish Hay-on-Wye" and the London Evening Standard likened Stroud to "Notting Hill with wellies".

 
St Peter & St Paul Church, Northleach, known as "the Cathedral of the Cotswolds".The magnificent parish church of St Peter & St Paul in the small Cotswold town of Northleach is often referred to as "the Cathedral of the Cotswolds" while Gloucester is known as “the Cathedral city of the Cotswolds”.


Malmesbury natives can be nicknamed Jackdaws, originating from the avian colony of these birds that inhabit the Abbey walls and roof.


Painswick Rugby Club, formed in 1872, is the oldest village rugby club in England.
Gloucester's Premiership rugby team has come to be known as the "Cherry and Whites" after the colour of their strip, but they have the Painswick club to thank for this nickname.
Painswick Rugby Club is the "Original Cherry and Whites" as their players used to wear cherry red sashes around their waists to distinguish themselves from other sides at a time when there was no formal sportswear and most teams played in a white strip.
The source of these sashes was the local squire, who allegedly made use of his cherry red curtains at home.
The colours were adapted into the team's shirts and were loaned to the newly formed Gloucester RFC in 1873, who adopted the famous Cherry and Whites strip.
During Painswick’s 130th anniversary in 2002, Gloucester RFC kindly repaid the favour by donating a set of their Zurich Championship winning strip to Painswick Rugby Club, following a commemorative match against former Gloucester Players – The Cherrypickers.
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