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Quote:- 'Bibury - the most beautiful village in England.' (William Morris - 19th Century artist and craftsman)
Tuesday 16th January 2018
Arlington Row, Bibury : Gloucestershire
(OS Grid Ref. SP114066 Nearest Post Code GL7 5NJ)
Arlington Row, in the village of Bibury, is one of the most photographed scenes in the Cotswolds. Since 2010, these former weavers' cottages, 7 miles from Cirencester in Gloucestershire, have appeared on the inside cover of all newly-issued UK passports. The 19th Century artist and craftsman William Morris decribed Bibury as the most beautiful village in England. The Arlington Row cottages were originally built in 1380 as a wool store and were converted into a row of weavers' cottages in the 17th Century. The cloth produced there was sent to Arlington Mill, now a private residence. The mill stream flows past Arlington Row into the River Coln. Bibury has become a major attraction for visitors from Japan after Emperor Hirohito stayed in the village on his European tour during the first half of the 20th Century and became a fan.
The embedded map uses Ordnance Survey data Crown copyright and database right 2018
This linked map is a Google Map close up view with the option to view in Google Street View (depending on your device).
Many thanks to Stephanie from Ohio for the suggestion
Auchencairn Bay, Dumfries and Galloway
Auchencairn (eight miles from Dalbeattie) in Dumfries and Galloway is a village of whitewashed stone cottages that dates from the early 17th century. Hestan Island, at the mouth of Auchencairn Bay, rises to a height of only 54m (177 feet). In the 12th & 13th centuries it was the property of the monks of Dundrennan Abbey. In the 18th century the island was a centre for smugglers who stored their wares in the caves in the island's caves. The island became home to miners seeking tin and copper in the 19th century, but it has had no permanent residents since about 1960. At the southern tip of the island are the notably-named 'Daft Ann's Steps', a series of pinnacles where, legends say, a girl of lesser intelligence drowned whilst attempted to lay stepping stones ahead of her to reach Balcary Point.
Cowm Reservoir, Whitworth, Rossendale
Cowm Reservoir, in Whitworth, Rossendale was originally the area's water supply until it became polluted in the 1970s. The former reservoir now provides water ski facilities and it's a popular walk for local people along the levelled footpath that now encompasses the reservoir. Nearby stone quarries are still in use and provided the stone for London's Trafalgar Square. Tree planting schemes, (including a Life for a Life Memorial Forest at Cowm Reservoir) are encouraging birds and wildlife to return to the area, and hiding the landscape scars caused by excessive stone quarrying.
You can find out more about Whitworth, our home town, by visiting the Out and About section of the Beautiful Britain website.