The Cotswolds - Filkins

22nd September 2015

The village of Filkins is actually two villages, as sat right next to it is Broughton Poggs, officially the small Broadwell brook marks the boundary separating the two villages, but in reality, you can walk from one to the other and not know it. Broughton Poggs doesn't actually have any roads that lead into the village, so you could only walk to it.

Filkins and Broughton Poggs straddle what has always been an important north-south route from the high Cotswolds to the Thames, and beyond to the South Coast. No doubt the easy availability of good water from the many local springs led to early settlemen there. ‘Filkins’ roughly translates as the meadow of Filica, a Saxon nobleman perhaps from the Hwicce tribe, from which is derived ‘Wychwood’, the ancient forest around Burford. The Filkins ‘s’ is possibly an allusion to the traditional division of the village into Upper and Nether Filkin.

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