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  • Writer's pictureJane Ritzenthaler


Yesterday afternoon Andy took me to the village of Burford, the first major Cotswold town when coming from the east. The wide High Street slopes down to the River Windsrush, and I spent two hours wandering about, including enjoying a latte and scone at a tiny bakery.

I visited St. John the Baptist church, originally built in the 12th century. The graveyard has some beautifully carved table tombs, as they are called here. I sat for quite a while on a bench listening to the sounds of the river. Very peaceful.

When Andy picked me up, he took me through the village of Bampton, where many scenes in Downton Abbey were filmed, including this house and church. Also shown is a thatched roof house.

On a side note, I asked Andy about all the other towns in England named Aston, and he explained that Aston literally means "east of." So where I am is often called Aston Bampton, because it is located about a mile east of Bampton.

Although today dawned sunny, it has turned quite blustery, with rain in the offing. The weather changes quite quickly here, so I hope to have a chance to do a little more exploring in Aston after lunch.

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