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Cirencester is often referred to as the ‘Capital of the Cotswolds‘.

The name derives from the River Churn on which the town was built. It was mentioned by the Greek writer Ptolemy in 150 A.D as Korinion. In Roman times Cirencester was known as Corinium and became the second largest city in Britain after Londinium (London).  Even then it played an important role in the wool trade which continued over the ages in the towns markets. Craft and food markets are still a popular attraction for the town.

Church of St John the Baptist situated in the centre of Cirencester
Church of St John the Baptist situated in the centre of Cirencester

The impressive Church of St John the Baptist commands one of the focal points of the town centre. It is renowned for its perpendicular porch, fan vaults and merchants tombs,  with its oldest part dating back to 1115. Cirencester is also home to the Royal  Agricultural University which was founded in 1840, and the oldest agricultural college in the English speaking world. A visit to the Corinium Museum will give visitors an insight into the towns Roman past.

Cirencester is a busy centre for tourism in the Cotswolds with great shopping and dining facilities. Roman remains can be seen at nearby including a Roam Villa at Chedworth.

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Grid Reference: SP 02291 02197
Latitude: 51.718495
Longitude: -1.9682430

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