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Woodstock, eight miles North of Oxford, has from pre-Conquest times been closely associated with a royal manor and ducal palace. When the Wychwood Forest stretched from the Cotswolds to London, English Kings had lodges in Woodstock - 'a clearing in the woods' giving a possible derivation of its name. King Alfred is reputed to have stayed at Woodstock in 890. Ethelred the Unready held a council in the town. Henry II often stayed at Woodstock with his mistress 'The Fair Rosamund' and in 1279, he established a weekly market, on Tuesdays, and a three day fair at the feast of St. Matthew.

Woodstock is also the home of Blenheim Palace, one of England’s finest houses, which was built between 1705-1724 by Sir John Vanbrugh for John Churchill, 1st Duke of Marlborough and largely paid for by the nation in gratitude for his victory over the French and Bavarians at Blenheim in 1704. The deer park surrounding the house was landscaped by "Capability" Brown. Sir Winston Churchill was born at Blenheim in 1874 and is buried in nearby Bladon churchyard.

The new palace brought change in Woodstock itself and many of the old timber-framed buildings were given new fronts of coursed stone and reroofed using slate from nearby Stonesfield. A fine church, elegant houses and substantial inns are visual reminders of this market town’s prosperity during the 18th century. Today the town is host to two famous hotels, The Bear and The Feathers, a good local museum, interesting privately owned shops and numerous good quality restaurants and cafes. Woodstock is also home to six of our CADA members, John Howard the English pottery specialist ,Henrietta Spencer-Churchill the internationally respected interior designer,Hampton Antiques specialist dealer in rare antique boxes and caddies, Hall Bakker who deals in Arts and Crafts and decorative art, the Kyffin Gallery and Cathy Hunt specialist in Chinese art and porcelain.

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