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escape to the Cotswolds

SALLY SHALAM CONCLUDES HER TRAVELS AROUND THE UK BY CAR, WITH THE HELP OF LEADING CAR HIRE COMPANY HERTZ, BY VISITING THE BEAUTIFUL COTSWOLDS
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The Cotswolds conjure chocolate-box images. English villages of honeyed-stone and cottages entwined in roses. Yet in the heart of Cirencester, at the Corinium Museum, I discovered that Roman history is as woven into the Cotswolds story as the wisteria which loops over village garden walls.

Established as a fort, soon after the Roman invasion in 43AD, Cirencester, or Corinium Dobunnorum as it was called then (the Dobunni being the local tribe), grew to become the second most important town in Roman Britain. It was an administrative centre, with typical civic structures such as a basilica and forum. On the edge of town you can still visit the earthworks of an amphitheatre which could hold 8,000 toga-ed spectators.

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