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The village of Bourton-on-the-Water is a village divided... by the River Windrush, that is. Sometime in the 17th century, businessmen altered the natural course of the river to accomodate three mills, in an effort to boost the economy of the little town. Six arched stone bridges span the river, varying in age and width, and add to the character of this unique place.
Bourton-on-the-Water was once a thriving center of the wool trade, and its proximity to the ancient Roman road, Fosse Way, provided easy access to the village by travelers coming or going from the vicinity of the North Sea. As the Industrial Revolution took hold across England, the village's raw wool industry stagnated. Upon modern reflection, this was not such a bad thing, because it has retained the character and quality of a 15th and 16th-century country village rather than becoming a modernized, industrial metropolis.
This character is reflected in its buildings of "traditional" Cotswald architecture: limestone walls, stone-tiled roofs, and gables. St. Lawrence's Church, located in the village center, is one of the village's outstanding architecture sites, and dates from several time periods. For example, the clock dates from 1784, while a crypt within its walls hails all the way back to 1120.