Castle Combe has been called 'The Prettiest Village in England'. In the midst of the Cotswolds visitors have been coming to enjoy its charms for at least a century and the small street leading from the Market Cross down to the By Brook is as picturesque today as it ever was.
Castle Combe�s history goes back much further than this though. The site of the castle is above today�s village, but little other than earthworks now mark its one time presence. Originally it was a British hill fort which became occupied by the Romans due to its proximity to The Fosse Way. After the Romans, came the Normans, who built the fort up into a Castle.
By the Middle Ages the village in the valley had become an important centre for the wool industry. The spinsters and weavers lived in the cottages (hence names such as "Weaver�s House") and the river, still known as By Brook, provided the power to run the mills.
There are also a lot of art classes run from this village - and the views to paint are extremely stirring to the creative mind.