The Cotswolds - Witney

09th December 2015


The Market town of Witney is on the River Windrush, 10 miles from Oxford. Witney is famous for the manufacture of blankets, gloves, and other woollen goods. Witney was selected by The Sunday Times newspaper (2014) as one of the best places to live in Britain. The place-name Witney is first attested in a Saxon charter of 969 as Wyttannige; it appears as Witenie in the Domesday Book of 1086. The name means Witta's island.

Witney has been famous for its woollen blankets since the Middle Ages, and was known across the world for blanket making, especially in North America where the Witney Point Blankets were traded with the American Indians in exchange for furs. The water for the production of these blankets was drawn from the River Windrush, which was believed to be the secret of Witney's high quality blankets.

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