Often called ‘the prettiest village in England’, Castle Combe is Situated in a conservation area on the southernmost edge of the Cotswolds, just twelve miles from the city of Bath.
The village takes its name from an adjacent wooded hill, which was fortified by Britons before being occupied by the Romans because of its proximity to the Fosse Way, an important Roman road linking Exeter and Lincoln. After the Romans came the Normans, who built the fort into a castle, of which little now remains except earthworks.
Despite the village’s fascinating history it will probably be remembered most of all for the part it played in the 1966 film of Doctor Doolittle, starring Rex Harrison and Anthony Newley. TV aerials were removed and a jetty built on the banks of the By Brook in order to temporarily turn the village into a sea port.