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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 Folk 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
Cheltenham Art Gallery & Museum holds the national collection for the British Arts & Crafts Movement, Clarence Street. Please note that Cheltenham Art Gallery & Museum is now closed for an exciting new development until 2013.  All Saints Church, Pittville: 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. The Gloucestershire Guild of Craftsmen has a permanent base in the Institute.

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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