Wool, Wiltshire and All Manner of Wonderful Things!

Cotswold Woollen Weavers.

This was really another Tothe. On my way to Blenheim Palace recently I have gone the scenic route, through pretty Cotswold towns, such as Lechlade, Farringdon and Burford. I noted the sign indicating Cotswold Woollen Weavers. It doesn’t actually say Tothe, but it is one..

I googled it, here, https://www.cotswoldwoollenweavers.co.uk/ and it seemed worth a visit so I went last week. It was just lovely.

Actually that’s the Ladies to the left, but ignore that.

Basically it’s a museum and a shop. But wow what a museum and what a shop. Up until quite recently cloth was woven here, but various reasons, too small , no doubt Health and Safety , etc means that actually Cotswold cloth is now woven in Huddersfield. Hurrah for West Yorkshire. At least it’s not China or India or Wherever.

Just look at the blankets and cushions, I mean just yummy.
William Morris, tea towels, oven gloves, aprons, ok so yes I bought myself a new apron, actually the blue strawberry thief one hanging up there
Into the museum.

I wish I could describe the smell here, it was delicious, sort of hessiany and woody all in one .I’d bottle it for a room freshener myself. Bit weird? Well Mr E did warn everyone about my being a bit weird. Only a bit…

So much to look at, love these clay animals, the whole shelf was full of them.

Honestly the place was full of gorgeousness .

Upstairs now, fabulous shop for little people , plus local crafts, plus books plus, fossils all for sale

and look at those enormous books, full of samples and you can handle them…

Believe me everyone was blown away by this place, fellow visitors making mental notes for their Christmas shopping, and they do online.. just saying

Random weaving on the wall, thinking felted landscape.
Loved this depiction of spinning.

I wish I could tell you what a wonderful choice of affordable goods were for sale in the main shop. How I resisted a handbag I don’t know..

You can of course buy end of run fabric and off cuts. I did choose five small pieces for 50p each, had ideas of fabric books but should have bought an even number of pieces . Might have to go back…

Outside was just as gorgeous

Did I mention cafe, cake, coffee?
Games to play, newspapers and books to read

Stone Mason too and a Shepherd’s hut

Back in the day, Shepherds stayed in the fields with their flocks during lambing season, living for weeks, months at a time in a hut which could be moved from field to field.
Apple tree in full bloom, with picnic tables.

And this picture shows just why I have planted ten fruit trees in my garden. One day the formally forlon patch will look just like this.

Ok I have waxed lyrical quite enough about this place, free car parking, did I mention? Pretty village too? Local craftspeople? Gorgeousness ?

Hope you enjoyed it, and if you are ever between Burford and Lechlade, it’s worth the detour.

Comments on: "Cotswold Woollen Weavers." (32)

  1. I got quite excited reading this post. I’ll put the museum on my list for next time I plan a trip at that end of the country.

  2. That looks like a wonderful place! The museum and shop look just amazing – that would be a day’s worth of fun right there 🙂

  3. Wonderful visit, Cathy, thanks for taking us along!

  4. Looked it up on a map. Was interested to see there’s a crocodile park nearby…who would have thought?!

  5. Looks and sounds incredible. Location noted for future reference!

  6. You said the magic words… Might have to go back… How lovely to have such wonderful places to visit, buy useful and beautiful things and be inspired. Thank you for sharing.

  7. Oh that sounds like a wonderful outing! Thank you for describing the scent of the place! In addition to the pictures I feel like you really transported me there! I would’ve definitely bought some linens there! You were going on some wonderful adventures 😀😀😀

  8. Looks really lovely.

  9. claire93 said:

    thanks for sharing another interesting day out with us, Cathy ^^

  10. Karen Dodgson said:

    Ooh thank you I feel like I’ve had a lovely day out with you, your descriptions were perfect….all that and cake too, oh my!

  11. Carol in Texas said:

    This was a heavenly visit via blog! Thank you so much for taking us there and sharing your day trip. What a lovely area.

  12. My friend would love this place, she goes nuts for William Morris stuff. I like the picture of the two ladies spinning and the clay animals, and the lawn with the picnic tables looks lovely 🙂

  13. Just as well I live on the other side of the planet, or I’d have been elbowing you aside to get in there first and grab, well, pretty much everything. And cake…

  14. Oh goodness! Thank you for sharing this lovely visit so I can “be a virtual visitor”! It is really incredible! I am adding this to my Bucket List! 🙂

  15. I need to find me some ‘to the’s soon. Can’t go to yours because…..my passport ran out when ‘you know what’ was raging (well it still is, but that’s beside the point) and because the world is reopening the wait for a new one is horrendous. So the ‘to the’s’ are going to have to be closer to me than you. And if you followed that you’re a good ‘un😊

    Don’t you just love those snowy covers on the shepherd’s bed….doubt they’d have stayed that colour for long.

    • They’d be pretty grim after lambing. Come to think of it shepherd’s smocks must have got yukky too. I renewed my passport just before Covid struck. Glad I did the number of times I had to prove my id after the move was ridiculous. Stay at home tourism will be me this year I think too.

  16. When I was a child we used to go through Lechlade on the way to visit my grandparents. I used to love the names of all these places. Funny how one remembers these things. Looks like a really interesting place and what a lovely day for it.

    • I love the reminiscence of your trips. From North Yorkshire Dad drove us to Bournemouth for years for our summer holidays. I always recall Ashby de la Zouch! The longest village in England. Incredible how Dad did it, never needed a map, no motorways, all A and B roads. No seat belts either.

  17. Going Batty in Wales said:

    What a fabulous place! I have visited the National Wool Museum, part of the Welsh museums, which is quite near me and which is similar in some ways but the grounds of yours are much prettier and the cafe looks nicer too. I love your tothes and well done for taking yourself on adventures.

    • As a child we did walking holidays in North Wales. I saw the outside of various wool places, but never went in, mostly due to Dad’s aversion to Tothe’s. Big regrets now. Good to be out and about.

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