Yew Tree Cottage was formed by the combination of two 17th century estate cottages sited just opposite All Saints Church. A shared central doorway in the front of the cottage was replaced by a window when the two cottages were joined in to one dwelling between the Wars, but otherwise the front elevation is unchanged from its 17th century origins.
Turkdean is now just a small village of about 50 souls 3 miles from Northleach. As we have avoided the necessity of a village sign the village goes mostly unremarked. Our village amenities consist of a lovely, much-altered Norman church, a postbox (still, just, with a daily collection at 4:45pm) and a K6 Gilbert Scott telephone box which is currently in need of a repaint!
Our nearest pubs are in Cold Aston (The Plough) and Northleach (The Wheatsheaf.)
I put together a brief history of this small village. With a Roman villa (excavated “against the clock” by Channel 4’s TimeTeam in 1997), a Saxon community recorded in the Doomsday Book, a Norman church and medieval agricultural development based on the renowned local wool trade, the village has a long history that belies its small size.
For information about All Saints Church, check out Turkdean’s entry on the A Church Near You website, which lists services, contact details and the historical background of the building and of the wider Northleach Benefice of which Turkdean is now part.