The Tithe barn at Great Coxwell is the most amazing building. It was built in the thirteenth century and in use for hundreds of years. It’s now owned by the National Trust, but hasn’t been overly-restored. The only vaguely touristy aspect is a small donation box inside, and a little pile of postcards!
Great Coxwell itself is the most traditionally ‘English’ country village I’ve ever visited. There are windy lanes, thatched cottages, old-fashioned phone boxes and a lovely old church, with stunning views from the churchyard. There was even Union Jack bunting hanging from the Parish reading rooms (from ‘the wedding’ the previous day, I presume!). I was there on a very warm spring afternoon, so I’m sure everything was looking at it’s best! The village even smelt good; a mix of May blossom, lilacs and wallflowers. I think I’ve fallen in love with a village!