A Visit to the Beautiful Village of Burford in the Oxfordshire Cotswolds

Tuesday 24 July 2012
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I recently had the chance to visit the beautiful Oxfordshire Cotswolds at the end of May and Burford was one of our favorite stops. Our first stop on our first proper day in England was the bustling market town of Burford. Burford dates back to the Saxon period of English history and there’s always been some sort of settlement along the River Windrush in Burford. The town is populated by buildings built in rich yellow Cotswold stone. Everything is old and it couldn’t be more lovely (or picture postcard as the English say). We parked our car in the town’s Car Park, which is near the local church and next to the river. I remarked that in Britain, even their Car Parks are picturesque as we watched ducks glide down the river on our walk from the car park to the town centre. Burford is bustling. It’s a market town and also on a main road, so it’s far from being a quiet and peaceful place. That said, the town is filled with lovely old shops, antique stores, restaurants, historical points of interest and much more. We explored the shops. Jackie found a lovely knitting store and purchased a pair of knitting needles. Of course, I found the nearest bookstore and began building the trip library (which by the end of the trip would need its own bag). While we shopped, I snapped pictures and video for our British Travel Web Series. We opted for lunch at Huffkins, a tea shop and restaurant that’s famous in the local area. We didn’t have  a proper sit down lunch but instead had a full tea service along with cake. Huffkins is a perfect stop for Tea. They’re teas are delicious and their scones are to die for. We had an amazing tea lunch there and would definitely make a special trip there to go back. The service was good and they had the best chocolate cake I’ve ever had. After that we explored the town some more and headed for Burford Chuch, which we’d heard was particularly beautiful. We were greeted by a beautiful English church yard in full bloom. It’s free to go inside the church and we took advantage of the opportunity. Burford Church was founded in 1175 and was funded by rich wool merchants made wealthy by Cotswold Wool. The Church has a bloody notoriety as it was used as a temporary prison by Oliver Cromwell after the English Civil War and he personally executed several rebel soldiers in the Churchyard for their refusal to follow orders. The interior of the church features beautiful artwork, carvings and while we were there trees. Also inside, we sure to take a look at the famous Turret Clock, one of the oldest mechanical clocks in Britain that has been ticking away since 1685. The Burford Church was a quiet and peaceful stop and we highly recommend a walk through the gardens surrounding the church which offer up lovely views of the surrounding countryside with plenty of benches to stop and have a rest. Burford Website Many thanks to Visit Oxfordshire, which helped arrange our trip to Burford. Read more about our recent trip to the UK in our Diamond Jubilee Trip Diaries on Anglotopia.net

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