William Morris once described Bibury as "the
most beautiful village in England". It is a very special
village with a character of it's own but with a tradition and feel
that is purely Cotswold. Many people return to Bibury time and time
again breathing in the beauty and tranquility of the river meandering
through the Coln valley, with the enchanting Cotswold stone cottages
and old mills.
Two communities (the other is Arlington) form the
village proper, the 14th century Arlington Row (in photo at right)
providing the focal point: originally a wool store, then altered
into weavers cottages and now restored by the National Trust. The
low roofline and row of gables make it's vernacular style true Cotswold.
opposite, Rack Isle is an open wetland meadow between the river
and the mill stream from Arlington Mill, now a crafts centre. Next
door, Bibury Trout Farm is a popular attraction, and Bibury church
has a number of saxon features.
Bibury is a lovely place to visit, both being tranquil
and pretty but also able to offer places of interest to visit and
enjoyable walks in and around the village.
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