Snakes Head Fritillaries

Snakes Head Fritillaries

Around 80% of Britain's Snakes Head Fritillaries grow at North Meadow in Cricklade. North Meadow is an area of 110 acres of ancient hay meadow which is rich in wild flowers. It lies on the flood plain between the River Thames and the River Churn and as such can often be flooded during the winter months. In early spring North Meadow comes to life with a fabulous display of wildflowers and grasses, but it is for the Snakes Head Fritillaries that it is most famous. They are usually at their prime in the second and third weeks of April. The National Nature Reserve is open to the public at all times, or you can join a guided walk.
For more information visit http://www.crickladeinbloom.co.uk/cricklade_north_meadow_guided_walks.html
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Cotswold Cottages

Cotswold Cottages

There are so many beautiful cottages in the Cotswolds built from the honey coloured limestone. This cottage is in the 9th Century Saxon Town of Cricklade. Cricklade was built at the point where the Roman Road, Ermin Street, crossed the River Thames. From 979 to 1100 it was home to the Royal mint. It is a lovely town to explore.

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St Sampson's Church, Cricklade

St Sampson's Church, Cricklade

St Sampson's is an amazing medieval building with a striking perpendicular tower that rises high over the ancient Saxon town of Cricklade. It's not often that you find a church dedicated to St Sampson, in fact there are only 4 others in the Church of England.

Much of the current building dates back to the 1200's, although the grand bell tower was built much late in 1551 – 1553 by the 1st Duke of Northumberland (father-in-law to Lady Jane Grey). The tower has four large octagonal turrets which rise well above the main body of the tower. St Sampson's has the third longest bell ropes in Britain!

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The first town on the River Thames

The first town on the River Thames

Cricklade, the first town on the River Thames, is the southern gateway to Cotswold Water Park. It is steeped in tradition, and has over 100 listed buildings, mainly found on its attractive High Street. Cricklade is described as the best preserved example of a Saxon new town. Cricklade owes its existence to its geographical position – just to the east of the town is Ermine Way – a road originally built by the Romans to form a causeway across the flood plain linking Silchester to Gloucester.

Official town guide http://bit.ly/1jfKmxm

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