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The Witney Area



Witney has been famous for its blankets since the middle ages and owes its prosperity to the wool trade. The huge triangle of Church Green was originally laid out as the first medieval market place and from that time on wool was linked to the town's fortunes. In medieval times the 17th century Buttercross was also used by women from neighbouring villages to sell their butter and eggs

Also on the green is St Mary's Church with its magnificent spire and the adjacent almshouses built for the widows of the blanket workers.

The long attractive high street runs from the Buttercross, and features the Corn Exchange, the 17th Century town hall, and the exterior of the Blanket Hall where blankets used to be checked for quality before being exported around the world.