Blockley Village

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Blockley is a beautiful village nestled in the Cotswolds hills. The buildings are mostly built in the traditional golden sand stone found throughout the Cotswolds.

The Church of St Peter and St Paul originally built by the Normans around 1180 still has 1 of the Norman Lancet windows which has survived in tact to this day. Later during the 15th century some Gothic windows replaced the Norman ones and the bell tower was built in 1728 probably replacing an earlier tower. The bells, a ring of eight, chime out on every hour.

The church was used as a Roman Catholic church for the television series ‘Father Brown’ and the vicarage transformed into Father Brown’s residence.

Immediately to the south of the Church is the Manor House. The manor house is built on the site of the mediaeval summer palace of the Bishops of Worcester.

Blockley has 2 pubs. The Crown, pictured here, was originally a coaching inn.

Local attractions include Mill Dene Gardens. The Domesday Book of 1086 records a dozen mills in Blockley. While Mill Dene doesn’t date back that far, the mill almost certainly stands on the site of a Norman mill. Throughout the medieval period the mill ground corn, but in the Victorian period the property was converted into a forge. The property became a residence in 1914. The gardens have been developed around the millpond and were opened to the public in 1992.

Article by Linda Penman

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