Asthall Manor

Many of the Cotswold Based Architects are sole practitioners or small practices who serve their immediate area.  It takes many years to become skilled in the design and detailing of the local Vernacular Architecture and this is evident from the sometimes poor quality of new design which one sees when travelling through the region.

Much of the local Architects work today will consist of Extensions alterations and improvements. Complete renovations are increasingly rare since much of the existing housing stock has now been renovated. When travelling thorough the many villages of the Windrush Valley the reader will observe that much of the housing stock is in a good state of repair and well maintained.

Roderick and Oliver Bridge Architects have been practising in the Witney and North Cotswold area for nearly 40 years and have witnessed at first hand the transformation of the region from the agricultural economy of the 70’s to the prosperous commuter and second home economy which the are enjoys today.

“The Cotswold style of architecture is a unique style based on houses from the Cotswold region of England, and is sometimes called the storybook style, with buildings made in this form also sometimes referred to as Tudor cottages. Roofs made with pseudo-thatch, steep arch gables, and arched doorways are all common features of the Cotswold style. Walls are usually sided in brick, stone, or stucco, and rooms are often small and irregularly shaped. Cotswold houses often have a prominent chimney, often near the front door of the house.”

The familiar style of Cotswold architecture is reputedly inspired by Tudor ideals it is a legacy from the sixteenth century when the British economy was driven by the wool industry. The landscape of the Cotswolds was perfect for such enterprise and the fine structures built by those who made their fortune, stand today as a reminder of the area’s former power and wealth.

The diversity of Britain’s building types can be defined by geological formations – certainly the key to the splendour of the Cotswolds lies beneath the surface, for
this region is set almost entirely on limestone. This durable material, owing to impurities in the rock, comes in a variety of colours, with mellow yellow being
commonly associated with the Cotswolds.

Located in Southern Central England, the Cotswolds are quite possibly the English idyll. Acres of rolling countryside are dotted with picturesque villages, each, in turn, home to an array of picture-postcard properties. Manor houses, churches, cottages and barns, all strangely alike in appearance, blend neatly into this area of outstanding natural beauty.

Recognised throughout the world, the architectural style of this region enjoys a long-established reputation for its well-built stone buildings.

While the wool churches, endowed by wealthy merchants, and the manor houses built by prosperous clothiers are prominent features, it is images of rows of cottages that perhaps most readily spring to mind. Characterised by stone roofs, often with dormer windows, steep gables and a brick or stone chimney, these properties tend to have irregularly shaped rooms and sloping walls on their upper floors. Other noticeable features are the heavy mullioned windows, drip mouldings, low doors and the detailed carvings.

Stone roofs are seen in profusion here, even on the most modest of properties, and if kept in good condition are thought to last more than 200 years. Thick tiles are fixed to the roof by a wooden peg, driven through a hole at the top of each slate and the weight is supported by oak beams in the roof.

The consistency of this regional style encourages the assumption that each and every building was constructed in the same period. Yet, in reality the style varied little over the centuries. Chipping Campden in Gloucestershire is one of the finest Cotswold towns. Here a profusion of splendid architecture greets the eye and in the High Street alone spans five different centuries. Proof indeed that the Cotswold landscape evidences continuity, not change.

Source Wikipedia.