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NOTES ON CIRENCESTER

Cirencester was an important settlement during Roman times.

At this point it was the second largest town in England, after London.

By 407AD the Romans had returned to their homeland and Cirencester ceased to be a town as people drifted away to the countryside.

In 577 the Saxon invasion reached the south-west and Cirencester was captured, along with Gloucester and Bath.

Still a village, a Saxon settlement was created near the Roman remains.

As the Middle Ages progressed the town grew much larger, becoming a farming centre for the local area.

In 1117 King Henry I founded an Abbey at Cirencester which, over the years, began to dominate the area.

The town gradually grew rich on the back of the wool trade and, as prosperity increased, wealthy citizens gave money to expand the parish church and make it more ornate.

The Abbey closed in 1539 and the building cannibalized. Today only a Norman arch remains.

Source: Local Histories.org

 

LINKS TO WEB SITES RELATED TO CIRENCESTER

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CIRENCESTER WEB SITE - Much as it says. Loads of information here.

CIRENCESTER TOWN COUNCIL - Their official site.

CIRENCESTER PARK POLO CLUB - The oldest polo club in the UK, apparently.

CIRENCESTER RUGBY CLUB - The official web site.

CIRENCESTER GOLF CLUB - The official site.

CIRENCESTER TOWN F.C. - The official site for the town football club.

CIRENCESTER ATHLETICS CLUB - Their official web site.

CIRENCESTER HOCKEY CLUB - Bully off here!

CIRENCESTER CRICKET CLUB - The official web site.

CIRENCESTER CHORAL SOCIETY - If you enjoy singing then this is for you.

CIRENCESTER CAR CLUB - The friendly car club.