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Explore Burford's Buildings

The buildings along Burford's main streets reflect the town's varied social character, which included gentry and professionals as well as shopkeepers, tradesmen and craftsmen. Some buildings are timber-framed while others are stone or stone-fronted. Eighteenth- and 19th-century fronts often hide much older buildings, many of them late-medieval.

Near the bridge, small cottages rub shoulders with imposing buildings such as Cobb House or Falkland Hall. In the town's heart around the central crossroads were the Tolsey and some of the town's major inns. Between Witney Street and Swan Lane lies one of the most remarkable runs of late medieval buildings in Burford, while further up The Hill, smaller cottages mingle with some higher-status 18th- and 19th-century houses. Behind the grand facades lurk remains of some of the town's cramped 19th-century cottage yards.

Through this website you can explore all the buildings along Burford's main streets:

Search the Location map, or browse through the Items for Buildings and People of Burford.

  • Interested in a particular street or building? - Items can be arranged alphabetically and numerically.
  • Interested in a particular period? - Items can be arranged chronologically.

Or search for particular surnames or topics as keywords in the Search Box at the top of the page. For example, you may wish to look for inns or forges or timber-framing, or search for Wisdom or Silvester or another family name.

Content generated during research for the paperback book 'Burford: Buildings and People in a Cotswold Town' (ISBN 13 : 9781860774881) for the England's Past for Everyone series

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