GlosPics | Great Tew

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Great Tew a 'picture postcard' village but not a traditional Cotswold village, the stone is a much darker red ironstone, and the cottages are thatched, not particularly common in the Cotswolds, where cotswold slate roofs are more common. The village was built in the 19th century by the landscape gardener, John Loudon, as part of an extensive park overlooking the Worton Valley. In 1962 a Major Robb inherited the estate a neglectful owner who let the village crumble leaving properties derelict and inhabitable, in 1978, Great Tew village was declared a conservation area. In 1985 Major Robb died, leaving Great Tew estate to the Johnston family. The Johnstons have worked to restore the village and in 2000 reopened Great Tew's historic quarry to supply ironstone for building. Today with its charming thatched cottages and gabled roofs, mullioned windows and colourful gardens, traditional village pub The Falkland Arms and shop, it is not surprisingly a popular spot with visitors.. Many who also visit the celebrity hot spot close by Soho Farmhouse. Also well worth a visit is the village church, St Michael's approached through an unusual gateway, along a path flanked by ha-has

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