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Burford, Cotswolds

Located on the edge of the Cotswold Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, the medieval town of Burford sits on the side of a hill looking down on the River Windrush. This marks the northern entrance to the town together with one of the town’s many historic structures, a Cotswold stone bridge.

River Windrush

The name Burford derives from the Old English words burh (meaning fortified town or hilltown) and ford (the crossing of a river). Originally, Burford was a small village settlement during the Saxon times around the site of the priory. A new establishment was created just after the Norman invasion which is the foundation of the modern town today. Many buildings date back to that period – a prime example of medieval architecture is the 16th century priory incorporating parts of a 13th century hospital. It used to be owned by Lords, ran as a nunnery and now more recently is a private dwelling.

St John the Baptist Church

Other notable structures in the town include the medieval Church of England church, which was famously used as a prison during the civil war; graffiti and carvings made by the inmates still being visible. The town’s High Street is a combination of numerous 15th century buildings and modern commercial structures currently housing many shops, boutiques, banks, a small supermarket, cafes, pubs and restaurants.

Burford High Street

Burford is well known locally for its range of events ranging from music and beer festivals to week-long celebrations which include events such as creative writing, historical guided walks, Mayor’s children’s party, concerts, family party and much more.

Burford has schools which cover each stage of a child’s education – Burford Pre-School, Burford Primary School and secondary school, Burford School, all of which serve Burford and its nearby communities and have an excellent reputation.

Burford is located on the A40, approximately 20 miles west of Oxford. Stratford-upon-Avon, Cheltenham, Oxford and Swindon are about half an hour’s drive away. Coach and bus services operate between Oxford and Gloucester/Cheltenham and the local area. The nearest train stations are Oxford and Charlbury which have services to London and Birmingham.

Chancellors Estate Agents Chipping Norton and Carterton branches have a range of houses for sale in Burford and flats to rent in and around Oxfordshire. To find out more contact:

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