Yew Tree Cottage lies in Turkdean in the very heart of the Cotswolds some 3 miles from Northleach and 7 miles from Bourton-on-the-Water.

Yew Tree Cottage was formed by the combination of two 17th century cottages opposite All Saints Church. A shared central doorway in the front of the cottage was replaced by a window when these were joined together 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. As we have avoided the necessity of a village sign we go mostly unremarked. Our rather limited village amenities consist of a lovely, much-altered Norman church,  a postbox (still, just, with a daily collection at 4:45pm) and a recently repainted and still functional K6 Gilbert Scott telephone box.

Our nearest pubs are in Cold Aston (The Plough) and Northleach (The Wheatsheaf.)

I put together a 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 local wool trade, the village has a long history that belies its small size.

All Saints Church, Turkdean
All Saints Church, Turkdean

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. The   wider Northleach Benefice, of which Turkdean is   a part, has a website too with information about   all 8 churches in the benefice.