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The Buildings of Burford: A Cotswold Town in the Fourteenth to Nineteenth Centuries

  • Michael Laithwaite
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Abstract

Burford is a decayed town on the eastern edge of the Cotswolds, noted nowadays for the picturesque quality of its old stone houses and its setting in the Windrush valley; ‘an enchanted backwater’, one writer has called it. But to the historian it presents a rare opportunity to study the housing of a small town between the fourteenth and the seventeenth centuries, for after that few entirely new houses were built in Burford until a housing estate and a scatter of other houses appeared on its fringes in the present century. Of course, much alteration and addition was done to older houses in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, but this had the effect of disguising rather than destroying, and in the late nineteenth century, when so much was rebuilt in other towns, building seems to have ceased almost entirely. In this essay I want to consider the fabric of the town as a whole, analysing the forms of houses as they evolved down to the seventeenth century, and discussing what the continual process of alteration has to tell about the social and economic history of the town during the whole period from the fourteenth to the nineteenth century.

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Seventeenth Century Sixteenth Century Fifteenth Century Fourteenth Century High Street 
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© Alan Everitt, R. C. W. Cox, Michael Laithwaite, D. M. Palliser, Alan Rogers, W. B. Stephens, John Whyman 1973

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