The Katharine Lady Berkeley's Grammar School was established in 1384 and is now a comprehensive named Katharine Lady Berkeley's School although the present modern building is a little outside of the town on the way to the village of Kingswood. The British School was established in the village in 1835.

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The Cotswold Way runs along the escarpment, down from the Tyndale Monument and along the street on its way to Stinchcombe Hill. It is a popular walk with visitors in the area who will find a warm welcome if they care to visit the village.

The small market town of Wotton-under-Edge is tucked under the edge of the high western Cotswold escarpment with Nibley Hill towering above it. Nibley Hill (crowned by the William Tyndale monument) provides spectacular views across the Severn valley and nearby is the steep-sided valley of Ozleworth Bottom.

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The small village of Alderley lies within the Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty in the lovely countryside south east of Wotton-under-Edge. The Cotswold Way runs through the village. The elegant Church, dedicated to St. Kenelm was re-built in 1802 but the tower, dating from 1450 was retained from an earlier building.

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Wotton-under-Edge /ˈwʊtən/ is a market town within the Stroud district of Gloucestershire, England. Located near the southern end of the Cotswolds, the Cotswold Way long-distance footpath passes through the town. Standing on the B4058 Wotton is about 5 miles (8.0 km) from the M5 motorway. The nearest railway station is Cam and Dursley, 7 miles (11 km) away by road, on the Bristol to Birmingham line.

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Unlike many Cotswolds country towns in which the parish church, market place and principal buildings lie close to one another, Wotton-under-Edge has no recognised centre point. Its church and the Chipping, or old market place, are nearly half a mile apart and separated by the busy Long Street and High Street.

A battle occurred nearby, when the building was owned by a Viscount Lisle. William Berkely led the forces that beat the Viscount, and after the battle his men sacked the manor. This occurred on 20 March 1469.

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There are a number of large as well as small houses, of which Alderley Grange, dating from the 17th and 18th centuries and Rose Hill, now a preparatory school, are perhaps the most notable. A folly on Winner Hill, over-looking the village, has recently been restored. At the foot of the hill there is a thriving trout farm.

North Nibley is now well-known for holding an annual Scarecrow Festival in September. See images of Scarecrows.

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The Tolsey clock commemorates the Diamond Jubilee (60 years) of Queen Victoria's reign. The clock says "1837 - 1897". It lies between Market Street and High Street.

The area is one of outstanding natural beauty with varied scenery and tracts of ancient woodland still remaining. Farm lanes and footpaths lead off in every direction, including Hareley and Assley Commons which adjoin the larger commonlands of Hawkesbury parish. To the east, the quiet Kilcott valley leads up to the Midger Nature Reserve and the Cotswold Way Walk runs through this part of the parish.

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The town's corporation status was abolished in 1886 following the Municipal Corporations Act of 1883

The town is relatively well served for a town of its size, the town contains a Kebab, Pizza, Chinese and British Takeaways as well as an Indian restaurant and take-away, there are also three public houses, the town can be quite lively at night compared to many others of its size.

In 1958,[citation needed] local people and school students built the town swimming pool, which was completed in 1961. Subsequently the pool has had solar and electric heating installed. In 1999 with the fund raising support of community groups, a retractable enclosure was fitted to prolong the swimming season. [9]

With exceptionally wide aisles and only a few stained glass windows, together with clean white walls, the interior of the church gives an immediate impression of size and lightness. In 1838, a former Vicar, the Rev. Benjamin Perkins, caused the nave to be extended by two bays and the sanctuary modified and reduced to its present form. Several roof levels can be seen on the west wall.

New Mills, founded in 1810, prospered by supplying both sides in the Napoleonic wars but after a century of decline the mill was near to closing in 1981 when it was acquired by Renishaw plc.[7]


In 1790 the noted architect James Wyatt converted the lodge into a four square castellated country house. Lovingly restored over recent years by the late Robert Parsons, it is of special architectural interest and commands wonderful views towards Hawkesbury and across to the Mendips.

St. Mary the Virgin was consecrated in 1283, and is the oldest and largest church in the town.

Like Wotton-under-Edge, North Nibley is sheltered by the south western escarpment of the Cotswolds. Set high above the village, the William Tyndale monument dominates every view. It commemorates the life of William Tyndale, the first translator of the Bible into English, allegedly born in the village at Hunts Court.

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Hillesley is a charmingly situated small village, two miles south of Wotton-under-Edge. It has a Victorian Anglican School, a long-established Baptist Church, a flourishing primary school and a large public playing field. At the centre is a War Memorial green and some pleasant Cotswold stone buildings, also a comfortable 17th century public house, the Fleece Inn, providing meals and accommodation.

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Wotton-under-Edge is a lively town and many of the events can be viewed here. Read more CCTV Wotton-under-Edge was the first market town in Gloucestershire to install a CCTV system which has helped police reduce crime in the town. Read more

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Kingswood Abbey was founded in 1139,[5] but all that remains is a 16th-century Cistercian gatehouse. Nearby historical buildings include the Tudor houses of Newark Park and Owlpen Manor. The medieval former public house The Ancient Ram Inn dates back to 1145.[6]

Overlooking the town on the top of Wotton Hill are a collection of trees planted in the 19th century to commemorate the Battle of Waterloo. These are situated on the site that housed one of the early warning beacons used to warn England of the approach of the Spanish Armada in 1588.[citation needed]

An electoral ward with the same name exists. The ward mainly covers Wotton-under-Edge but also stretches to North Nibley. The total population of the ward taken at the 2011 census was 6,510.[8]