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a Historic Market Town in the county of Gloucestershire

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Nailsworth is a handsome town that has a history stretching back to beyond Roman times. The town played an important role in the great days of the woollen industry and wool was largely responsible for the growth and development of Nailsworth.

As with many other Cotswold towns and villages, during the 15th-century, wool merchants descended on the town. They built fine homes for themselves and their families and they filled the fields surrounding the town with grazing sheep. The thick fleeces provided fine wool from which excellent profit was gained. The wealthy merchants gave generously to the town and the church and it for this reason that we see in the Cotswolds the finest 'wool' churches in the country.

Nailsworth has its share of glorious mellow honey coloured stone houses and cottages, with luxuriant foliage creeping over walls and doorways. Black and white timber-frame cottages are interspersed in the leafy lanes surrounding the town, which lies in a thickly wooded valley. These pretty cottages, have neat gardens and roses ramble wildly amidst hedges and over doors - reaching skywards to thickly thatched roofs. It is a very English scene of sheer enchantment and beauty.

The town itself continued to prosper throughout the centuries and today we see a lively, prospering place that gives visitors a warm welcome. There is much of interest to be seen in the town and surrounding countryside, and worth noting are the many fine walks in the area. But a short distance away is Badmington and Gatcombe Park both renowned for their horse trials and of course Gatcombe, is the home of Princess Anne. The home of Prince Charles, Highgrove, is also just a short distance away.

There is a good variety of shops in the area which include specialist antique and crafts shops. There are several excellent reastaurants and interesting historic inns and good public houses and places of interest include; Woodchester Mansion - an unfinished Gothic mansion, carefully preserved in unfinished state and set in magnificent parkland. Selsley Herb and Goat Farm, Owlpen Manor - A magnificent Tudor manor house, complete with barn, mill and church. The 16th-century Frocester Tithe Barn, gate and courthouses. All these properties are within close proximity and are well worth a visit.

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