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Tuesday, November 19th 2013

Artists and Americans in Broadway

Jane Bingham takes a tour of the ‘other Broadway’ and learns about artistic fun and games in the 1880s. On a golden day in August we gathered at the top of Broadway hill for a tour of artists’ homes. Our guide was Jeremy Houghton, whose family has lived in the village for three generations. His grandfather arrived as a ‘boy doctor’ and stayed on all his life, becoming Broadway’s unofficial historian. Now Jeremy – a professional artist – has inherited his grandfather’s notes and photos along with a passion for Broadway (the Cotswold one, of course!). >>> [See more]

Sunday, November 10th 2013

Highclere Castle – the Real Downton Abbey

As series 4 of Downton Abbey is launched in Britain, Jane Bingham takes a look at the history of Highclere Castle in Berkshire – the stunning stately home that inspired Julian Fellowes to create his fictional country seat. >>> [See more]

Thursday, November 7th 2013

Introducing Amanda Patton

Amanda Patton will be leading our 2014 Cotswold Garden Tour and has written this post for us. I’m delighted to be able to tell you that I’ve been working with Cotswold Walks to design a tour of Cotswold gardens for next June. The tour will focus on the work of selected 20th century garden designers so that these gardens are seen in their historical context rather than just as something ‘pretty’. Because of the huge social changes that took place in the early 20th century, the way people use, and think of, gardens has changed from being a playground for the rich, requiring large teams of gardeners, to something which pretty much everyone would aspire to in some form. The more technical our lives have become, the more we crave connection with nature, even if it’s just growing a window box of herbs. >>> [See more]