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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."

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

  • "Beautiful setting, very peaceful & informative"

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

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

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

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

  • "A fine chance discovery"

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

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

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

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

  • "Great building, well restored. Charming!"

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

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