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Welcome to Castle Combe
CASTLE Combe was voted 'Most Picturesque Village'
in the 2001 Traveller's Choice Awards awarded by British Heritage Magazine. Castle Combe's history dates 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 that 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. In more recent times the village has played host to many filming activities, the most famous of these being Doctor Doolittle filmed in and around the village in 1966.
The village is also a sanctuary to wildlife as it is a conservation area and enjoys the beauty of nature at its very best. The village houses are all of typical Cotswold type, constructed in stone with thick walls and roofs made from split natural stone tiles.
The properties are many hundreds of years old and are listed as ancient monuments. Strict rules apply to preserve the beauty and character of Castle Combe for later generations to admire.
Castle Combe is situated on the southern-most edge of the Cotswolds and is approximately 12 miles from the Georgian city of Bath. Nearby there are many sites of historical interest such as Avebury, Stonehenge and the Wiltshire White Horses.
Nearby Castle Combe Skid Pan and Kart Track is a multi-activity motoring centre, offering advanced driving skills training, kart racing and skid control courses.
Castle Combe Circuit opened just 18 months after Silverstone in the summer of 1950, making it one of the longest established circuits in the UK. Until 1999, the circuit followed its original layout, around the perimeter of the old air base.