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The Carterton Area

 

       
 

Carterton is one of Oxfordshire's newest towns and the second largest in west Oxfordshire. It began as a settlement of smallholdings before the First World War and grew rapidly as the result of its proximity to the Royal Air Force base at Brize Norton.

Nearby Burford is a pretty, historic market town set on a steep hill leading down to a medieval bridge over the river Windrush and is generally regarded as the "gateway to the Cotswolds". It is full of lovely old stone houses, some dating from the 15th century.

Like many other towns in the Cotswolds, Burford was once famous for its wool and relics of the town's great days as a major wool market in medieval England, can still be seen today. The Tolsey in the high street was the meeting place for rich wool merchants and is now preserved as the Tolsey museum.