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Opening of the restored Sarsden washpool 2017

A large crowd turned up to see the reopening of the Sarsden washpool  - the rain mostly held off, refreshments were served, a number of Cotswold sheep took an early bath – and everyone enjoyed themselves.  Sheepwashes have long outlived their usefulness but seeing this one in use shows just how dramatically some aspects of rural life have changed over the centuries.

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The Sarsden washpool is easily seen from the road
In the middle of Churchill village with Chipping Norton behind you and the pub on your right, leave the church on your left and go down the hill – signposted to Sarsden and Merriscourt.
The washpool is on the left hand side of the bridge over the Sars Brook at the bottom of the hill.




From Our Guest Book

  • "Excellent to have this centre as a focus for Churchill's history - especially in relation to William Smith."

  • "Beautiful setting, very peaceful & informative"

  • "Fantastic, absolutely first class. Most interesting and informative."

  • "Very good new interactive displays, very comprehensive."

  • "A little gem I didn't know existed."

  • "Great building, well restored. Charming!"

  • "A fascinating visit. William Smith was a wonderful man! "

  • "Why haven't we been here earlier? We shall certainly return!"

  • "A fascinating display in a very beautiful setting."

  • "Beautiful restoration, very nicely done! Unexpected hive of information."

  • "What a lovely treat to stumble upon. Thank you for preserving a part of our Heritage"

  • "Lovely spot, so grateful this part of the old church was saved."

  • "Such a wonderful enterprise. The locality should be proud of it."

  • "Congratulations to all on this initiative.  So well-organised and user-friendly."

  • "A fine chance discovery"