Cotswold Life

We have all the time in the world

As the Cotswold town of Nailsworth eases back into life post-lock­down, Tracy Spiers re­flects on all we’ve come to ap­pre­ci­ate in the last four months

- WORDS AND PIC­TURES: Minchinhampton · Avening · Hartpury · Egypt · Chestnut Hill · France · United States of America · Tanzania · Spring Hill · Nailsworth · Parish · Stonehouse · Village Inn · Dunkirk, Indiana · Hampton

Nailsworth Parish: made up of the old parishes of Minch­in­hamp­ton, Aven­ing and Hors­ley

Cow: Car park and bus sta­tion are the site of the old cat­tle mar­ket

Ket­tle: Orig­i­nally from Malmes­bury, and erected by Mr Heath in the 1870s. Made of cop­per, it can hold 82 gal­lons!

Bees: The dec­o­ra­tive stone bee shel­ter in Hart­pury was orig­i­nally built by Nailsworth stone carver Paul Tuf­fley

Stone­house ad Nailsworth Rail­way (SNR): Site of sta­tion and goods yard by Egypt Mill. Nailsworth Rail­way Com­pany opened in 1867 but is now a cy­cle track

Egypt Mill: might have been named af­ter a worker called ‘Pharoah’ Webb

Prices Mill: once a pa­per mill, then foundry, corn mill, and now surgery

Sheep: record of the cloth in­dus­try be­ing in Nailsworth since at least 1448

Giggs Mill: Stroud­wa­ter Tex­tile Trust mu­seum

Butcher Hills Lane: Hil­lier’s ba­con cur­ing fac­tory in New­mar­ket Val­ley

Hops: The Vil­lage Inn has its own mi­cro brew­ery

Brew­ing: an im­por­tant lo­cal in­dus­try founded by Joseph and Sa­muel Clis­sold in the 19th cen­tury

Beech leaves: there are plenty of beech woods lo­cally

Wa­ter­wheel: Nailsworth has been known as the wa­ter­wheel cap­i­tal of the South West as it used to have the largest num­ber of work­ing wheels per square mile. Egypt Mill still has two

Pitt’s Mill: now con­verted for homes on Ch­est­nut Hill

Day’s Mill: fronts onto Foun­tain Street

The ‘Lad­der’: once used to test the lo­cally-made Hamp­ton car

Books: Poet and play­wright Mary Deverell was born in

Minch­in­hamp­ton in 1731, and died in Nailsworth 1805

Joseph Ed­kins (1923-1905): Trans­la­tor and mis­sion­ary

WH Davies (1871-1940): The ‘Tramp poet’

Sue Limb: Writer and pa­tron of Nailsworth Fes­ti­val

Gold Post boxes: honour­ing Olympic ath­lete Dan Robinson and Olympic rower Pete Reed

GLOUP: John Fur­ni­val (1933-2020), artist, vis­ual and con­crete po­etry

Dark Lane: haunted by a tall man

Trom­bone player: Nailsworth Sil­ver Band formed in 1919

Daisies: used on pave­ments to mark 2-me­tre so­cial dis­tanc­ing

Red Sky Records: Johnny Cop­pin’s record com­pany

Flags: twin­ning and friend­ship towns - Leves in France, Perry USA, Vu­mil­lia in Tan­za­nia - Stroud five val­leys and cir­cle with the sym­bol of Fair­trade town

Pig: Ba­con Tump foot­path

Fry­ing Pan Al­ley: be­tween Spring Hill and Fewster Road

Fairy: Fairy Glen be­tween Hol­combe Mill and Pen­sile Road to­wards Aven­ing

Snake Lane: Dunkirk Manor to Pin­far­things

Free car park­ing: a great sup­port for in­de­pen­dent traders

 ??  ?? Nailsworth in Bloom’s amaz­ing wa­ter­wheel ar­range­ment
Nailsworth in Bloom’s amaz­ing wa­ter­wheel ar­range­ment

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