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Established in the 12th century by the Bishop of Winchester, Witney boasts a palace and a magnificent mediaeval church. The town grew up around Church Green and prospered, but unlike the other Cotswold towns, which grew rich on wool, Witney was from its early days a town associated with blankets. Athough the last blanket mill closed in 2002, the association will live in the minds of locals and visitors alike for many years. One of the most famous blanket makers in the town, if not the biggest, was Early's who were in business for more than 300 years.

In 1711 the Weavers formed a Guild and were granted a Charter by Queen Anne. They then built the blanket hall in the High Street. All blankets made in Witney had to be taken there to be measured and weighed, thus ensuring the very high quality of the blankets to be maintained.

The importance of Witney as a strategic location for travellers is reflected in the number of old inns that exist. The Angel, being a perfect example, looking out onto the Church Green, in the 17th Century it was known as The Greyhound.

Witney which lies west of Oxford on the A40 by some 12 miles, has grown in size over recent years and offers the visitor a varied and traditional array of shops including two major supermarkets. It is also home to three of our CADA members, Witney Antiques, W.R. Harvey and Greenway Antiques, all of whom can be found together in Corn Street.

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