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A market town that is located in the Stroud District in Gloucestershire, England which is known as Wotton-under-Edge can be found along the southern edge of the Cotswold region. Currently there is no railway station although in the past it did offer a stop along the Birmingham-Bristol line which can be found about a mile outside of town. Furthermore, the main roads in the region intersect about 4 kilometres outside of the town’s limits.
The oldest church found in Wotton-under-Edge is the St. Mary’s Mercian Church which was established back in 940 A.D. and then only a mile southwest of the town you can also find the Kingswood Abbey which was established back in 1116 AD but has since fallen into disrepair and all that is left is the gatehouse which was added in the 16th century.
In 1384, the Katharine Lady Berkeley's Grammar School was established and still stands today as a testament of time and also still as a school which operates under the new name of the Katharine Lady Berkeley's School.
From tradition, the name of the town Wotton is a derivative of Wool Town as it was associated with wool in its earlier timeline. The first recorded reference of the town though only dates back to 940 AD when King Edmond of Wessex leased land to Theign Edrick in which case the town was known as Wudetun and can be found in the Saxon Royal Charter of King Edmund of Wessex.
In commemoration of the Battle of Waterloo, a small collection of trees were planted upon Wotton Hill in the 19th century and are also located near the lookout beacons used to warn England of the incoming advancements of the 1588 Spanish Armada.
During the 1950’s, Wotton-under-Edge is a popular stop for those in the arts and entertainment industry which also has, in a town building, their very own swimming pool which was converted to solar heating during the 1970’s and is still a popular destination for many of the local residents during the warm summer days.
There is a bit of heritage to Wotton-under-Edge that makes it a great place to visit while in Gloucestershire County, England. There is even some talk recently about reopening the train station on the Birmingham-Bristol main line in the near future but there has been no definite decisions regarding this as of the moment.
So if you are planning on visiting Gloucestershire County in England, one place you must stop off at is Wotton-under-Edge which receives its “under edge” name from the magnificent limestone outcroppings found at the edge of town which are part of the Cotswolds