“Half the wealth of England rides on the back of the sheep.”
The history of the Cotswolds is a story of sheep’s wool and limestone.
For 500 years the sheep created the rolling Cotswold landscape, and money from the wool enabled the building of the mellow limestone churches, manor houses and Cotswold cottages we love so well. Generations of shepherds, wool merchants, weavers, quarrymen and stonemasons have all made their mark on this land, and, here in Filkins, Cotswold Woollen Weavers continues in this ancient tradition.
… And now you can stay with us too. Click HERE for details of our idyllic, completely refurbished two-bed cottage.
At least a dozen pieces from chesterfields, sofas, through unusual armchairs to occasional chairs. Have a look HERE, at some of the pieces, and then come to Filkins to see for yourself. All antique and vintage furniture, fully rebuilt and covered with our cloth (like The Gloucestershire Check HERE)
Always a good selection of men’s traditional sports jackets in Pure Wool tweeds.
Our village of FILKINS lies on an ancient route from the high Cotswolds to the Thames, and beyond to the South Coast. ‘Filkins’ is probably the ‘Ing’ or meadow of Filica the Saxon, a local chieftain who settled here over a thousand years ago. You can find out more about what has happened in the village since(!) by clicking HERE.
Filkins is all mellow, Cotswold limestone; we’ve about 450 inhabitants, there is a great pub (The Five Alls), two very interesting churches, and it is a beautiful place to explore when you visit us.
Hello, I’m Simon Brittain… a stonemason and carver at Filkins Stone Company, part of the Cotswold Woollen Weavers’ complex here in Filkins. I invite you to come on one of our ‘Taster Days’ and try your hand at working our local Cotswold limestone.
For the day-course fee, we provide everything you need (including stone, chisels, mallet and lunch!) and I guarantee a great time getting to grips with one of the great craft traditions of the Cotswolds.
For further information about our ‘Taster Day’ courses for beginner stonemasons and carvers, click HERE