Lechlade is a bustling market town on the southern edge of the Cotswolds, sitting within Gloucestershire and at the intersection of Wiltshire and Oxfordshire. Its idyllic location on the banks of the river Thames makes it both a popular tourist destination and a sought after place to live.
Many know Lechlade as the starting point for David Walliams’ swim for Sport Relief in 2012 and you may have seen the cameras sweep down the Thames from Lechlade in the opening ceremony of the Olympics.
Lechlade has been a market town since the 13th century and played an important part in the Cotswold Wool trade, positioned on the Thames with easy access to London.
The town’s chief function was as a staging post for goods and passenger traffic. By the 17th century, cheese was shipped down the river from Lechlade and when the Thames and Severn canal was opened, the inhabitants traded in coal. Late 19th century visitors found it attractive for fishing and boating.
Today Lechlade boasts a thriving community of 3000 residents, is home to a number of prominent Cotswolds businesses and is famous for its trout fishing and Christmas Shop.
Photo: Jennie Rainsford