town and civil parish in north Wiltshire in England

Cricklade is beautiful town on the edge of the Cotswolds in Wiltshire.


Snake's head fritillary

Cricklade is a small town of about 4,000 people in north Wiltshire, very close to the border with Gloucestershire. It is roughly halfway between Swindon and Cirencester.

Cricklade was originally settled before the Roman occupation of Britain, and the town is a well preserved Saxon new town.

The North Meadow has roughly 90% of the UK's snakeshead fritillary flowers. Inhabitants of the Hundred and Borough of Cricklade have rights to graze cattle and horses on the North Meadow, with is overseen by a manorial court established in the 14th century.

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  • 1 North Meadow. is an excellent spot, the best in the country, for seeing the rare snakeshead fritillary flower    
  • 2 St Sampson's Church. Church with a nave built in the 13th century and a 15th century tower. There was a church on this site in 973 and it is recorded in the Domesday Book.    




There are many good pubs in Cricklade. There are also several Indian restaurants, a Turkish kebab shop, a Chinese, a Thai.




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