Northleach is a small town in the Cotswolds in Gloucestershire close to A40 and A429. The town fared well in the wool trade in the 15th century. The Church of St. Peter and St. Paul, known as “The Cathedral of the Cotswolds” is testament to the town’s prosperity and is one of the region’s most celebrated and impressive “wool churches.”
The Church of St. Peter and St. Paul was constructed on the site of an earlier demolished building which was probably a church as well. The construction began in the 12th century with stone dug out of the area which is now Northleach’s Market Square. The original structure was quite simplistic, containing only an aisle. The other additions like the beautiful chancels, nave, sacristy and further aisles were added on later in the 14th and 15th centuries. The architecture emphasizes the stained glass windows as the main feature of the construction.
Northleach is equipped with many amenities for locals and tourists including three public houses, The Sherborne Arms, The Red Lion Inn and The Wheatsheaf Inn. Northleach also has its own Sports and Social Club, a Snooker and Billiards Club, a variety of art and antique shops, a bakery and a butcher.