"The Great Tew" Oxfordshire by Justin_goa

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The farmhouses of Great Tew

the A361 is the main road from Banbury to Chipping Norton. Hardly a great arterial highway, but the high, broad land beyond South Newington encourages a bit of open driving, drinking in the views over the fields on our right, glimpsing into the pretty valleys of Warwickshire...
Great Tew is a picture book Cotswold village having recently been much restored after years of neglect. It consists of delightful cottages with thatched and gabled roofs, mullioned windows and charming flower beds set among green meadows and fruit orchards which run down to a little brook. Many of the thriving ever-green trees were planted over 200 years ago.

The attractive old pub, the Falkland Arms, is very popular

The Cotswolds....charming villages

The Cotswolds are a range of hills reaching 1000' at their southern end with Cleeve Hill, fading gently down to the north and Edge Hill. Great Tew is one of many small villages built of honey-coloured Liassic ironstone (it is green when freshly quarried, and full of fossil Brachiopod shells). Even today many of the houses are roofed with straw thatch or real and very heavy Stonesfield stone 'slates', actually a flaky limestone from another nearby village.

The house in the centre has long been the village shop; it has in its time been Post Office, general stores and gossip centre for those unable or too poor to be able to travel further. Today it has a more fashionable quality to it, but it still sells a wide range of foods, and smartly-dressed mothers can be seen nipping in for a forgotten pint of milk or emergency box of ice cream.

The villagers worked on the land, or as butcher, baker, grocer, pub landlord, blacksmith, carter, potter, wheelwright, farrier. Today one has to travel to Africa, Asia or Latin America to see something of the old way of life. But if you sit in a village pub on a quiet day in mid-week when the locals are minding their own business, and if you are very discreet, and sup your ale thoughtfully, you may just catch out of the corner of your eye a glimpse of the people at their old hobbit-ways. Or maybe you'll just imagine it.

Old post box

In Nether Worton a Victorian postbox had been set into a gatepost. Note the signs of wear by the lock.

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