Set in the heart of England’s countryside, the Cotswolds is a dream place for a photographer. Let me be the guide today and tell you a bit of a history of this place. It occupies the area between Gloucester, Bath, Oxford and Stratford-upon-Avon. This area is a perfect blend of gentle rolling hills, plentiful archaeological sites and charming villages built from a local honey coloured limestone. The Cotswolds was formed in the Jurassic period and its hills produce some of the most beautiful and durable limestone building material to be found anywhere in the world. The stone has been used locally over the centuries and it’s this golden shade that gives the region its distinctive character. Since medieval times, the Cotswolds was an important wool producer. The sheep grazed here were covered with an extremely long fleece, therefore, they were known as the “Cotswold Lions”. This top quality wool was in demand across the whole of Europe. The Cotswolds was an ideal place for the wool industry not only because of the availability of the wool but also due to the abundant supply of water from the rivers Avon, Windrush and Leach. Water was necessary for cleaning and dyeing of the wool and powering the mills. As a result of the growing demand for the wool, towns such as Chipping Campden, Tetbury, Bourton-on-the-Water, Stow-on-the-Wold, Moreton-in-Marsh and Stroud grew prosperously. Medieval churches built in this area by wealthy wool merchants (hence the name “wool churches”) belong to some of the finest churches in England. The wool industry went into a rapid decline in the 19th century and only at the end of the 19th the Art and Craft Movement refocused attention on the Cotswolds. William Morris, who established with his friends the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood and later on the famous William Morris & Co, followed by craftsmen and artists migrated to the Cotswolds. 21st century Cotswolds is a perfect blend of history and beauty and despite the popularity with tourists, remains tranquil and serene.