A Weekend in the Cotswolds

Cirencester

Ideally, all Autumns should be punctuated with a weekend away.

Cirencester town

Mine was a quick trip to the Cotswolds.

Cirencester town centre

Day one took me into the hub of historic Cirencester.

Cirencester town

A pleasing panorama of yellow ochre architecture envelops the market square.

Cirencester market

Peppered with a passage of pastel, alight in the late September light (like quiet sirens in central Cirencester).

Cirencester market

Cirencester town centre

Cirencester

With a bright Brandeis blue sky shooting out the sunshine.

Cirencester town centre

Cirencester’s Parish church (St John Baptist church) is in the centre of town…

Cirencester Church

Cirencester Church St John Baptist

Cirencester church St John Baptist

Built in the 15th century, it is the church with the largest porch in the country!

Cirencester church St John Baptist

Cirencester Church St John Baptist

Cirencester Church St John Baptist

Cirencester Church St John Baptist

And the Corinium Museum is its close neighbour.

Cirencester town

Cirencester Church

Cirencester town

The museum contains an exceptional collection of Roman artefacts.

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This is the Orpheus Mosaic.

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It was discovered in 1825 at Barton Farm, about 300 metres outside the city walls of Corinium. The mosaic which dates to the 4th century AD shows Orpheus – a character from Greek myth who could play the lyre so beautifully that wild beasts were instantly tamed – charming animals with his music.

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Preternaturally drawn to the display of ancient jewellery (just what is it about accessories? Accessories – excessiveness – axonometric – etcetera etc.) I was struck by the modernity of the pieces.

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The amount of jewellery found in excavations indicates that the people of Corinium were very fond of personal adornment.

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Every Roman coin tells a story. An emperor could use a coin as an outlet for imperial propaganda. The reverse of coins depict Roman gods and personifications, for instance Victoria, representing victory, and Pax, the personification of peace.

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After an absorbing afternoon at the museum, I explored the colourful shops in town…

Cirencester town shops

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… before heading back to the hotel just as the sun started to set.

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