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High Street, Lechlade
Lechlade is located in Gloucestershire
Location within Gloucestershire
Population2,850 (2011 Census)[1]
OS grid referenceSU2199
Shire county
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Post townLechlade
Postcode districtGL7
Dialling code01367
AmbulanceSouth Western
UK Parliament
WebsiteLechlade-on-Thames official website
List of places
51°41′56″N 1°41′31″W / 51.699°N 1.692°W / 51.699; -1.692Coordinates: 51°41′56″N 1°41′31″W / 51.699°N 1.692°W / 51.699; -1.692

Lechlade (/ˈlɛld/), or Lechlade-on-Thames, is a town in Cotswolds, Gloucestershire, England. It is named after the River Leach. As of 2011, it has a population of around 2,850.

Evidence of human occupation begins during the neolithic, Iron Age and Roman periods.[2][3] The town later became a trading centre. Lechlade is home to the Anglican Church of St Lawrence which has been there since the 15th century, as well as a Baptist Church on Sherborne Street, there since 1817.[4][5] In modern times, many cultural and social activities occur around the town's Memorial Hall, which was burned down by a fire and rebuilt in 2016.[6]

After World War II, the development of the nearby air force stations, RAF Fairford and RAF Brize Norton, helped expand the town.[7]

References[change | change source]

  1. "Parish population 2011". Archived from the original on 4 March 2016. Retrieved 24 March 2015.
  2. "Lechlade: Ancient and Historical Monuments in the County of Gloucester Iron Age and Romano-British Monuments in the Gloucestershire Cotswolds". British History Online. Her Majesty's Stationery Office. Retrieved 18 February 2019.
  3. Historic England. "Iron Age and Romano British settlement remains and associated features, 1km south east of Leaze Farm (1011604)". National Heritage List for England (NHLE). Retrieved 18 February 2019.
  4. Historic England. "Church of St Lawrence (1155874)". National Heritage List for England (NHLE). Retrieved 18 February 2019.
  5. Historic England. "Baptist Church (1089377)". National Heritage List for England (NHLE). Retrieved 18 February 2019.
  6. "Lechlade Memorial Hall". Lechlade Memorial Hall. Retrieved 24 February 2019.
  7. "Neighbourhood Plan" (PDF). Cotswold Council. Archived from the original (PDF) on 18 September 2017. Retrieved 24 February 2019.