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The Buttercross and Town Hall


Known across the world for blanket making, especially in North America where the Witney Point Blanket was traded in exchange for furs, the town owes...


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The Buttercross and Town Hall

Known across the world for blanket making, especially in North America where the Witney Point Blanket was traded in exchange for furs, the town owes its prosperity to the wool trade.

Witney is the largest of the market towns in the Oxfordshire Cotswolds and much of the architecture reflects the past prosperity of the woollen trade, including the 17th century Butter Cross, the fine tree-bordered green and church of St Mary the Virgin with its 150ft spire, also Mount House, where you’ll discover the remains of the Palace of the Bishop of Winchester.

A long attractive high street runs from the Butter Cross and features the 18th century town hall, the Blanket Hall and the Victorian Corn Exchange. The town is the main retail centre in the Oxfordshire Cotswolds and has a bustling atmosphere with a good range of independent specialist shops, supermarkets, a twice weekly market and a farmers' market. There are also two shopping centres: the Woolgate and the Marriotts Walk shopping centre.

There is a wide range of places for food and drink in Witney and the town has a lively calendar of events including the annual Witney Carnival and Witney Feast.

There are a number of attractions and many types of accommodation in Witney.

FREE PARKING - all the towns in the Oxfordshire Cotswolds, including Witney, offer free car parking.

Witney has an excellent bus service to Oxford and the Witney Shuttle offers a shared minibus service from Witney to London Heathrow airport.

Witney downloads include:
Witney Wool & Blanket Trail (pdf 1Mb) - a walk looking at some of the sites associated with the town's wool trade
Windrush Path - Witney to Hardwick (pdf 1.36Mb)
Witney Lake & Meadows (pdf 1.23Mb) - a guide to the recreation area on the edge of Witney
Windrush Valley Cycle Route (pdf 1.64Mb), a waymarked 17 mile cycle ride between Witney and Northleach
Witney-Kingham (pdf 158k), a 27 mile circular cycle route
Witney-Bourton on the Water (pdf 209k), a 41 mile circular cycle route
Green Witney Travel map (pdf 917k) - showing bus, cycle and footpath routes within Witney

Witney is twinned with: Le Touquet (France) and Unterhaching (Germany)

Useful links:
Witney Shopping
Witney Blanket Story

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