Yew Tree Cottage, Turkdean

Yew Tree Cottage was formed out of two 17th century cottages at some point in the late 19th century and is sited just opposite the Church. A shared central doorway in the front of the cottage has been replaced by a window, but otherwise the front elevation is pretty much unchanged.

turkdeanlocalmapWe have lived in Turkdean in the heart of the Cotswolds for almost 20 years now.  A small village of about 80 souls that, mercifully, has avoided the necessity of a village sign and which therefore goes mostly unremarked, our village amenities consist of a lovely Norman church, All Saints, a postbox (still with a daily collection!) and a Gilbert Scott telephone box.

I have put together a history of this small village.  With a Roman villa (excavated by 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 history that belies its size.

Life in the Cotswolds