Cotswold Towns and Villages


Blockley is a small town in Gloucestershire located just three miles from Moreton in Marsh.  This quaint, pictorial town sits on a small hillside beside Blockley Brook, which is a tributary of Knee Brook.

Blockley is an ancient town granted a monastery in AD 855 by King Burgred of Mercia.  In the 19th century during the decline of the wool industry, the town turned to silk for its profits.  Six silk mills and 600 people were employed in 1884 in the production of silk for ribbon making to be completed in Coventry.  Unfortunately within just two decades a levy imposed on imported silk would force this industry too to decline.

Due to its differences in industry and history, Blockley is a bit different in atmosphere from other villages in the northern Cotswolds.  Its buildings are hewn from local stone as others are, but here the golden colour of the stone is even more striking and definitive.  A lovely village green and Norman Church add to the charm of this delightful town and many peaceful footpaths leading from the village into the surrounding countryside offer a serene diversion on your Cotswolds trip.  Being such a small town, Blockley only has several inns – so make your reservations before you arrive!



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