Blockley

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A uniquely attractive Gloucestershire village found three miles northwest of Moreton-in-Marsh, Blockley sits on Blockley Brook, which in the 19th century powered a number of silk mills.

With its Georgian stone cottages, silk mill architecture, Norman church, splendid surrounding countryside, local amenities and vibrant village green, Blockley is an especially lovely English village - and remains a highly desirable place to live. The village was used as a key location for BBC’s internationally popular drama series Father Brown.

Blockley makes an excellent centre for walking excursions, as the surrounding villages of Chipping Campden, Moreton in Marsh and Paxford can be reached by foot.

Until 1931, Blockley was a part of Worcestershire County. Just over 2,000 people reside in the village.

Transport Links

Only three miles from Moreton in Marsh, Blockley enjoys close proximity to a train station that offers direct lines to London Paddington Station via Oxford on the GWR hourly train service.

There are six bus services that run through Blockley. The services provide access to a variety of destinations, including two that visit Stratford-upon-Avon. Blockley’s other close neighbours include pretty Bourton-on-the-Hill, Chipping Campden and Broadway.

What’s there to do?

Built in 1180, the striking Norman C of E Church of St Peter and Saint Paul presides over the centre of the village and is its most iconic landmark (In fact, it served as St Mary's Roman Catholic Church in the BBC’s Father Brown television series, with the vicarage cast as the presbytery).

Blockley is home to Mill Dene Garden, and less than two miles away is Batsford Arboretum (one of the country’s finest botanical collections, situated in 56 acres of sprawling parkland). With Blockley’s close proximity to Moreton in Marsh, rail-based day trips to Oxford and London are easily accomplished.

Amenities

Local amenities include a village store/coffee shop (opened in 2014), village hall, the church, public houses and hotel, bowling green, sports club and nursery (Blockley also has its own primary school). 

Blockley boasts two pubs: The Crown Inn and The Great Western Arms. The Great Western is just one of the local pubs that belongs to the Hook Norton Brewery.

Schools

Blockley C of E Primary School is found on Park Road. The school runs an 8am Drop-Off Club. The closest secondary school is in Chipping Campden.