ADAM HENSON’S COTSWOLDS
The Cotswolds has always been my home and, although I have travelled all across the UK and around the world, the old adage “there is no place like home” rings true for me. The rolling Cotswold hills, drystone walls and beautiful villages have always been close to my heart.
Of course the Cotswold area got its name from the sheep famous for their wool in the middle ages. A ‘Cot’ is old English for a sheep enclosure, and ‘wold’ means rolling hill.
We still breed Cotswold sheep at home and it was the wealth made from their wool that built many of the wool churches, villages and manor houses around the Cotswolds, including one of my favourites, St Edward’s Church in Stow on the Wold. We can see it from our farm, six miles away, standing proud on the top of the hill.
Stow is steeped in history and at one time played host to some of the Cotswolds’ largest sheep fairs, when upwards of 20,000 sheep were funnelled along Sheep Street and into the main market square. Stow also has a great community, with a wide variety of pubs, hotels and places to eat, an array of good quality individual shops, including Lambournes butchers, and for me it is a place where I played rugby for 15 years – fond memories.