15 members of the History group went to Cricklade where we were met at the Town Hall by the Museum curator. She took us on a walk lasting over hour and a half, up and down Cricklade High Street, pointing out the many Grade 2 listed buildings, including many houses and pubs built in the Georgian and Queen Ann times, and telling us of their history through previous owners. We passed St Sampson’s Church, and decided this will be worth a visit next year. We walked on down to the Thames, and learned about the history of the warves that were once there when the river was navigable from London.
Then we made our way back to the Museum, which houses a considerable collection of coins found locally, some of which dated to the Saxon times, when the town was founded. One particular William and Mary silver coin was so crisp and shiny, it could have been minted this year. In fact at one time Cricklade had it’s own mint and there were several examples of local coins. There were many other interesting exhibits, including a large Bible, in English, dating from 1642, and examples of gloves, made when Cricklade had a thriving glove-making industry.
We all agreed Cricklade is a little hidden gem of a Cotswold town, and after our very welcome strawberry cream scones and tea, we made our way home.