We went to the villages Castle Combe and Lacock located at the south end of the Cotswolds (sheep enclosure in rolling hillsides). Both developed a thriving woolen industry during the Middle Ages. Like many villages in the area, Lacock is now owned and preserved by the National Trust. Houses are rented giving priority to locals, some of whose families go back hundreds of years.
These houses are old and exhibit the gorgeous texture of weathered oak and limestone, floors worn down by centuries of occupants and stone shingled roofs that still keep the water out. They’re wonderfully maintained and I can’t help but imagine how people lived.