Visit Fairford and the surrounding villages and stay in bed & breakfast accommodation:
Fairford, Gloucestershire, on the A417 from Lechlade to Cirencester is best seen from the parapet of the little bridge crossing over to Fairford Mill and looking across the stone roofs and curving grey walls to the Perpendicular Parish Church of St Mary. This wool church is one of the best surviving examples. Built in the latter part of the 15th century by John Tame, a wealthy cloth merchant, it has notable uniformity of design and construction. The parapeted central tower with well-proportioned pinnacles and quatrefoil piercing, the clerestoried nave, porch and the chancel with the original priest's door into the sacristy are all well-preserved. The carvings in wood and stone, particularly the amusing carved misericords, are worth close examination. The Founder's Tomb lies under the screen separating the church from the Lady Chapel where there is a good 16th-century tomb of a member of the Lygon family. There are stone angels supporting the timber roof and the remains of the original wall paintings. The church is most famous, however, for the 15th- to l6th-century painted glass windows, the finest in such quantity in England. There are in all 28, telling the Christian story from the Creation, with the stories of Moses, David, Solomon and the Queen of Sheba all vividly portrayed, right up to the Crucifixion and the early development of the Church. Finally, in the west window the Last Judgment is depicted in horrifying detail.
In a house in the tree-lined square John Keble, the poet and cleric, was born in 1792. His classic work The Christian Year did much to revive a liturgical renaissance in the Church of England, and Keble College, Oxford, was founded in his memory. In and around the square are several old inns.
Nearby towns: Burford, Cirencester, Lechlade, Northleach, Swindon
Nearby villages: Aldsworth, Ampney Crucis, Ampney St. Mary, Ampney St. Peter, Ashton Keynes, Bibury, Blunsdon St. Andrew, Broad Blunsdon, Castle Eaton, Chedworth, Coln Rogers, Cricklade, Down Ampney, Driffield, Eastleach, Eastleach Martin, Eastleach Turville, Filkins, Grafton, Hatherop, Highworth, Kempsford, Leigh, Little Barrington, Marston Meysey, Meysey Hampton, Purton Stoke, Quenington, Shilton, Siddington, South Cerney, Southrop, Stanton Fitzwarren, Whelford, Winson
Have you decided to visit Fairford or the surrounding villages? Please look above for somewhere to stay in:
- a Fairford bed and breakfast (a Fairford B&B or Fairford b and b)
- a Fairford guesthouse
- a Fairford hotel (or motel)
- a Fairford self-catering establishment, or
- other Fairford accommodation