Welcome to Highworth ….
Highworth is an ancient hill top market town situated on the edge of the Cotswolds only four miles from the River Thames and close to Swindon and its many facilities. John Betjeman said, “l have never seen Highworth given due praise in guide books for what is one of the most charming and unassuming country towns in the West of England.” The town centre is a remarkable conservation area containing 84 listed buildings plus a Grade l listed church.
There are numerous stories and events and people that contribute to Highworth’s unique and special character. They include being a cavalier stronghold during the civil war, having a postmistress with a pivotal role in the British Resistance movement during World War II, running the official ABBA fan club from a house in Sheep Street, the mystery of the secret tunnels under the market place and not forgetting the many sightings of the ghostly monk!