Cotswold  Gloucestershire


In 1870-72, John Marius Wilson's Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales described Cotswold like this:

COTSWOLDS (The), a hill tract in Gloucester; extending south-westward, through the whole length of the county, from Chipping-Campden in the north to the vicinity of Bath in the south. Its length is about 50 miles; its breadth, in some parts, is 8 miles; its mean height is between 500 and 600 feet; and its chief summits are 1, 086 and 1, 134 feet high. ...

Its continuity is interrupted by a broad dingle around Stroud and Minchinhampton, traversed by the Great Western Union railway; and its two portions, north and south of this, are called the Upper and the Lower Cotswolds. Its surface is partly open down, -more largely enclosed sheep-walk; but breaks into many winding dales, and contains a great amount of good land and charming scenery. Its water-shed divides the basin of the Lower Severn from that of the Avon, and from the head-streams of the Thames. The estates in it are large, and the seats numerous.

Cotswold through time

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How to reference this page:

GB Historical GIS / University of Portsmouth, History of Cotswold in Gloucestershire | Map and description, A Vision of Britain through Time.


Date accessed: 21st June 2024

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