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Tours of the Cotswolds

Throughout Gloucestershire and the Cotswolds, there are many villages and churches where the work of Arts & Crafts Movement designers can be seen.

There are also two suggested summer tours of the Cotswolds which you can download. Each tour starts in Cheltenham and can be completed easily in a day.

Summer Tour 1 (pdf 275kb)

Summer Tour 2 (pdf 315kb)

Cotswolds Map

ForestOfDean Brockhampton Kempley Gloucester Broadway ChippingCampden Moreton Winchcombe Stow On The Wold Cheltenham Northleach Painswick Burford Selsley Stroud Chalford Sapperton Uley Rodmarton Cirencester Lechlade Kelmscott

Brockhampton

Church of All Saints by W R Lethaby, 1901-2

Kempley

The Church of Edward the Confessor by A Randall Wells, 1903. The interior includes work by Ernest Gimson and Ernest Barnsley.

Gloucester

Gloucester Cathedral has stained glass by Christopher Whall. Also Arts & Crafts silver by Henry Wilson and monuments by Wilson and Eric Gill. Gloucester Life Museum, Westgate Street has a collection of puppets by William Simmonds.

Broadway

In 2008 the Gordon Russell Museum opened in the original Grade II listed workshop of Gordon Russell Ltd., celebrating the work of Gordon Russell and that of his Company over a period of sixty years in Broadway.  Broadway Tower has a small display on William Morris.

Chipping Campden

Hart Silversmiths workshop and small showroom, the Silk Mill, Sheep Street. Court Barn Museum, housed in a converted barn in Church Street near St. James Church, opened in 2007, celebrating the skill and imagination of artists and designers, architects and craftspeople who have worked in Chipping Campden and the surrounding villages of the north Cotswolds.



Winchcombe

Winchcombe Pottery, Greet, founded by Michael Cardew, now run by Ray and Mike Finch.

Stow-on-the-Wold

Boys School (1896) by Guy Dawber

Cheltenham

The Wilson holds a nationally important collection for the British Arts and Crafts Movement, Clarence Street. You can also find the Guild of Gloucestershire Craftsmen's shop at the museum. Gustav Holst was born in Cheltenham, and was inspired by William Morris and the Movement. The Holst Birthplace Museum is situated in the Pittville area of Cheltenham, and All Saints Church, Pittville has stained glass by Edward Burne-Jones and Morris & Company.

Burford

Church of St John the Baptist: window in the south transept by Christopher Whall, 1907

Painswick

The Gyde Almshouses, Gloucester Road (1913) by Sidney Barnsley. Painswick Institute, Bisley Street (1906) by William Curtis Green with lettering by Eric Gill. 

Selsley

All Saints Church designed by G F Bodley in 1861. William Morris`s firm, Morris, Marshall, Faulkner & Company, designed and produced the stained glass. It was the firm`s first major commission for stained glass. The overall scheme was designed by Morris and Philip Webb with Rossetti, Madox Brown and Burne-Jones contributing individual designs.

Stroud

School of Science and Art, Lansdown (1890-99) by J P Seddon and W H C Fisher. Nearby the village of Minchinhampton has a Memorial Cross (1919) by Sidney Barnsley and many houses by Ernest Barnsley, Sidney Barnsley and Thomas Falconer.

Chalford

Christchurch, Cirencester Road. The interior of this church includes work by Peter Waals, Norman Jewson, William Simmonds and Edward Payne.

Sapperton

Village Hall by Ernest Barnsley 1913, other architectural work by Gimson and the Barnsleys. Gimson, Ernest and Sidney Barnsley, and Emery Walker are buried in the churchyard.

Cirencester

Bowley Almshouses, Watermoor Road (1927) and Barton Lane Almshouses (1929) by Norman Jewson

Uley

Owlpen Manor restored by Norman Jewson in 1925. The house contains Arts & Crafts furnishing and plasterwork and is open during the summer months.  The manor house will be closed in 2011 for conservation and repair works.

Rodmarton

Rodmarton Manor by Ernest Barnsley 1909-26. Large Arts & Crafts house and garden with locally-made furniture and furnishings. Open to the public regularly during the summer months, group visits by prior written arrangement.

Lechlade

Church of St Lawrence: communion rails by Norman Jewson.

Kelmscott

Kelmscott Manor, William Morris`s home in the Cotswolds from 1871. Morris is buried in the churchyard. The village hall was designed by Ernest Gimson, Gimson and Philip Webb built cottages in the village.

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