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Cirencester, a town of around 15,000 people in Gloucestershire, claims the title “capital of the Cotswolds”. The town’s history dates back to Roman times, when Cirencester was second only to London in size. The town was destroyed by the Saxons in the sixth century and later rebuilt on the same site. The development of sheep farming on the rich pastures of the Cotswolds saw the town grow in the Middle Ages to become an important wool market town. Cirencester’s large parish church is more like a cathedral and houses many monuments to the wool merchants. The map below shows the town of Cirencester as it was around the middle of last century. Click on a selected area of the map below to see an enlargement.

Cirencester Town Map

Map of Cirencester

Old map of the town of Cirencester circa 1950

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Cirencester Map

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