Honeysuckle Cottage....Blockley Village
 

Blockley has all the charm and character of a traditional Cotswold village with its medieval church, brook and many beautiful old buildings.  There are two pubs, The Great Western Arms and The Crown Hotel, both serving good food.  A short stroll from the cottage is Blockley’s community owned Village Shop and Cafe´ and includes a limited opening Post Office service.

        

           Blockley Shop

The history of Blockley was linked to the wool trade as were many Cotswolds villages.  When this declined during the 18th century, the village turned to silk production to supply Coventry's ribbon makers.  The silk mills utilised the brook that flows through the village for power.  Unfortunately for the workers, tax on imported silk was removed during the 19th century, so again the local industry declined.  These events culminated in a return to the production of cider, flax and flour along with wood-cutting and threshing.

Architecture in Blockley is reminiscent of more affluent times, the bulk of its dwellings being built during the 17th and 18th century. 

Blockley is not on a main road so escapes the tourist traffic yet it is perfectly situated to tour the Cotswolds and its many local attractions.  These are too  numerous to include all, but examples are Batsford Arboretum, historic Chipping Campden and its famous church, Stow-on-the-Wold, Hidcote and Mill Dene Gardens.  Cheltenham and Oxford are all within easy distance.  View 'Around Blockley', 'Wider Area' and 'Things to Do'  for more detailed information.