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Wednesday, 01 January 2020

Travels to England's Cotswolds: An Architectural Tour - Page 2

Written by Emily and Russ Firlik
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Many of the initial dates of these churches, buildings and barns have been altered, added on to, and transitioned to the next period of architectural tastes. However, we tried to stay as close as possible to the initial date of the churches, buildings and barns (though the dates are somewhat flexible).

We found some contradictions in the many resources we used with respect to dates of sites in question. When there were obvious date conflict (only a few) between book or article authors, we made personal inquiries from the local museums and tourist boards; they proved to be very helpful in authorizing dates.

Our search began with the oldest, the Neolithic, around 4,300 - 2,000 BCE. There are only a few ruins from this period in the Cotswolds. The Roll Right Stones (2,500 BCE) the Notgrove Long Barrow (3,500 BCE) and Belas Knap Long Barrow (4,300 BCE) are the ancestral burial sites we located and photographed. Further research assisted in a deeper understanding these ancient sites.

Kings Men Stones - 2500 BCE

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Roll Right Stones - 2500 BCE 

Moving from the oldest Neolithic period, to the Anglo-Roman settlements from the first through the fifth centuries ACE. Today, the most famous and most visited Roman site in South West England are the Roman Baths, in Bath, constructed around 70 ACE. Two other Roman ruins were located at Northleach Roman Villa (180-350 ACE) and Chedworth Roman Villa. The English National Trust does a wonderful job in posting bits of history and sometimes reproductions of what these historical sites might have looked like during that ancient period.

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Roman baths 70 AD

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Chedworth Roman Villa 180-350

These two periods, the Neolithic and Anglo-Roman periods, were the easiest to locate and that is why we choose to find them at the very beginning of our journey. The next, roughly sixteen periods, is where our extensive research and, maturing-driving skills, really took hold in our pursuit to explore the treasures of the Cotswolds.

Although these findings are written in ascending order (oldest to newest), we did not accomplish our results in this particular order. They were placed in order for easier reading.

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