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Monday, June 17th 2013

What's in a Name?

What is it about place names such as Guiting Power, Broughton Poggs, North Nibley, Pucklechurch, Cockadilly and Hook Norton that we find appealing? Is it the suggestive humour or a reminder of the nonsensical Swedish chef in the Muppets? The names beckon and as with any attraction we are drawn to move up and take a closer look. To analyse. >>> [See more]

What was in the air in the Cotswolds, late nineteenth/early twenties century? Something was drawing talented people to this beautiful landscape and it might have been the hankering after a rural idyll that has the same effect today. William Morris, Francis David Millet, Henry James, Oscar Wilde, John Singer Sargent and Edward Burne Jones were just some of the artists that collected in this unspoilt corner of England. But why? >>> [See more]