Doynton - Character


The historic core of Doynton was designated a conservation area in February 1983. However, the area of Doynton Mill and its immediate surroundings to the north of the village are no longer part of it. Although the area has historic interest, its use for light industrial purposes and its general character are now not considered worthy of conservation area status.

Doynton has a number of interesting older buildings, many of which are listed. These include Doynton House (grade II-listed), The Old Rectory (grade II-listed), The Old Brewery (grade II-listed) and Holy Trinity Church.

The older houses are either 17th or 18th century in origin. The 17th century houses are characterised by their attractive high gables, such as Doynton House and The Old Brewery, whereas the 18th century buildings display more formal frontages and have some affinity with the architectural style of nearby 18th century Bath.

Many of the older houses, such as 'The Old Brewery Cottages', have thick, rubble-filled walls of attractive grey Cotswold stone. A number have also preserved original internal features, such as open fireplaces and ceiling beams.

Part of Doynton's charm is that it has retained its village-like quality. Doynton has changed little in recent years, development being restricted to infilling. Indeed the title map of 1840 shows how little the village has changed since then, and this adds to the charm of this Cotswold village.

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