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‘Bibury, an undis­cov­ered vil­lage be­fore the re­cent lit­er­a­ture on the Cotswold coun­try, has come to its own,’ wrote A.D. in an ar­chi­tec­tural fea­ture on Bibury Court in 1912. He paints a lyri­cal, pre-first World War pic­ture of a bu­colic idyll and fish­er­man’s par­adise and re­minds us that Bibury, de­scribed by Wil­liam Mor­ris as ‘the most beau­ti­ful vil­lage in Eng­land’, was a cen­tre of horserac­ing in the time of the Prince Re­gent. The writer might not recog­nise—or have pre­dicted— the vis­i­tors that now crowd to pho­to­graph choco­late-boxy Ar­ling­ton Row, but the cot­tages, a 14th-cen­tury monas­tic wool store con­verted to weavers’ homes in the 1800s, re­main un­spoilt, as do many other Cotswold vil­lages

(Septem­ber 7, 1912) KG

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