Lechlade On Thames, or Lechlade as it is more commonly known, is a small historic town located approximately 12 miles from Swindon and on the southern edge of the Cotswolds, Gloucestershire. The town gets its name from the River Leach which joins the Thames just east of the town. Lechlade is in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and sits along the River Thames. With good road links, the town can be easily accessed from the neighbouring Cotswold Villages and the town has to offer a range of different cafes, shops and pubs.
Lechlade is known for it’s thriving market square but also the famous Halfpenny Bridge and boating marina on the River Thames. Lechlade is now popular for it’s leisure activities along the river, where there is a statue purporting to be of Old Father Thames at St. John’s Lock. However, Lechlade was used as a main trade route with it’s easy access to London either by water along the Thames or by road. Lechlade offered an easy transportation link from the West of England to London and for many centuries this was a key town.
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