I’ve been so busy since I last blogged, with work, life, family, reading and watching Big Brother; but during the bits in between I’ve been working on my map of Woodstock, the third in my map series. Woodstock has so much history and so many outstanding buildings that compressing it all into a sheet on A1 has been a real challenge. It’s about half finished but I thought I’d let you have a sneak preview.
Woodstock is dominated by the grandeur of Blenheim Palace and its Great Park, so I have drawn some of its main features, including the lakes, and perhaps its most famous son, Winston Churchill.
For all its formal architectural and historical wonders, the palace is just one small part of the town. Woodstock has some gorgeous architecture of its own; gabled cottages, buildings in the local vernacular, Georgian town houses, and a disproportionate number of hostelries for a town of fewer than 3,000 residents. Many of these cater for the thousands of visitors who flock to the town every year. What is especially noticeable is the complete lack of thatch. Most of the roofs are slates or tiles with a good number of split Cotswold stone. Anyway, while I mourn the lack of thatch, here’s a sneaky peek at the town centre so far: