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The Oxfordshire Cotswolds town of Witney found fame and fortune during the medieval wool trade years and right up to 2002
there was one mill in Witney still producing the famous "Witney blankets". The West Oxfordshire town was first recorded in AD969 and may have got
its name from the Saxon King's Council known as the Witan, which met here.
During the medieval years, Witney grew, employing thousands of people producing the blankets and other woollen goods. The Blanket Hall in the High Street was built after a charter was granted by Queen Anne and all the blankets manufactured were taken there for quality measures before being exported throughout the world.
Witney parish church is dedicated to St Mary the Virgin and stems from Norman origins. The church has seen many alterations with a restoration project taking place during the Victorian years. The spire is 150 feet high and is a vocal point from the town centre, looking out on to the Church Green.
There are other buildings of historic interest including the 17th century Buttercross, the Town Hall, the Holloway's Almshouses built during the 1700's and are close to the parish church also there are two more groups of Almshouses in the town.
The present shopping centre is vibrant with a good selection of national chain stores and small independent shops.
The town is off the A40 just 12 miles from Oxford, 36 miles from Gloucester, 24 miles from Swindon and 8 miles Burford.
There are several car parks around the town and all are free of charge.
Built in the old Cotswold style, the hotel offers all the modern facilities. It is situated 10 miles from Oxford and 7 miles from Burford.
Set in the historic market town of Witney, this former Georgian coaching inn overlooks the bustling town square. The Marlborough is the ideal place to relax and enjoy the surrounding countryside.
The Bird in Hand is a beautiful classic Cotswolds stone and slate building set in glorious surroundings. Nestled amongst the rolling countryside of the Cotswold's, the Bird in Hand offers you a warm, relaxed welcome.
The Mill & Old Swan offers a satisfying blend of Cotswold stone and half-timbering dating back 600 years. The Oxfordshire Cotswolds includes the historic market towns of Burford, Chipping Norton, Witney and Woodstock.
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There are several pubs and teashops in the town.