The ancient Market Place in Northleach and the streets leading from it are rich in architectural gems: many half-timbered Tudor buildings survive, some encroaching into the Market Place where the stallholders decided to provide themselves with more permanent premises. The Dutton's Almshouses 'for women' were built in 1616 and the House of Correction, built in the late 18th Century, now houses the The Cotswold Heritage Centre, an interesting museum of agricultural and social history. However, the jewel in Northleach's crown is the magnificent wool church of St. Peter and St Paul. Undoubtedly, one of the finest examples of the Cotswold Perpendicular style, its elegant pinnacled south porch is acknowledged to be one of the finest in the country. Rubbings may be made, with permits obtainable from the Cotswold Pharmacy, of the many splendid memorial brasses to the wealthy wool merchants who endowed the church in the 15th Century.
excerpt from
Gloucestershire - England At Its Best

18 February 2001

North Leach Sign

The Wool Church
of St. Peter and St. Paul

North Leach Church Back

North Leach Church Back Gravestones

North Leach Church Front

North Leach Church Front Closeup

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