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Minchinhampton is an old market town situated on the top of a hill about 6 km southeast of Stroud in Gloucestershire, England. The town is located in the Cotswold region of the country. A very famous part of the town is Minchinhampton Commons a large recreational area for golfers and walkers.
The Commons has areas which was formerly part of the Iron Age Fort. Fantastic views can be seen from this Commons to the west and also in the east into the Golden Valley and further into Cotswold.
All the shops of the town are clustered on High Street and consist of two hairdressers, a butcher shop, two restaurants, a café, post office, a local organic diary, an antique shop, a library, a dentist’s office, a school and a youth club and also a sports facility centre.
There are two churches in Minchinhampton, the Holy Trinity and the Minchinhampton Baptist church. The primary square of the town has a War Memorial and a Market house. A market was held here every Tuesday and this house was donated to the town by the then Lord of the Manor Lt. Col H.D Ricardo.
The town of Minchinhampton is located close to Gatcombe Estate, which plays host to the Lacombe horse trials in summer annually. This draws tourists and locals alike. The town is also closely located to the former ministry of defence, Aston Down, that has now become a station for gliding.
Minchinhampton is a visual treat especially because it is situated on a hilltop and has close connections to the Golden Valley. Being part of the amazingly serene and fantastic Cotswold, it has many scenic views to offer the visitor. The place attracts many visitors all through the year.