Arlington Row

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Arlington Row
Arlington Row Bibury.jpg
LocationArlington, Bibury, Gloucestershire, England
Coordinates51°45′30″N 1°50′05″W / 51.7584°N 1.8348°W / 51.7584; -1.8348Coordinates: 51°45′30″N 1°50′05″W / 51.7584°N 1.8348°W / 51.7584; -1.8348
Listed Building – Grade I
Official name: Arlington Row
Designated23 January 1952[1]
Reference no.1155677
Arlington Row is located in Gloucestershire
Arlington Row
Location of Arlington Row in Gloucestershire

Arlington Row at Arlington in the parish of Bibury, Gloucestershire, England was built in the late 14th century as a wool store and converted into weavers houses in the late 17th century. It is a Grade I listed building,[1] owned by the National Trust.[2]

Arlington Row on Awkward Hill is a nationally notable architectural conservation area depicted on the inside cover of all United Kingdom passports.[3] It is a popular visitor attraction,[4] probably one of the most photographed Cotswold scenes.[5]


The cottages were built in 1380 as a monastic wool store.[6] This was converted into a row of cottages for weavers in the late 17th century, with some late 17th- or early 18th-century additions.[1]

The cloth produced there was hung out on racks to dry on The Rack Isle opposite, before being sent on to Arlington Mill for degreasing.[7]

It was preserved by the Royal College of Arts in 1929 and restored by the National Trust in the 1970s.[1]

It has been used as a film and television location, most notably for the films Stardust[8] and Bridget Jones's Diary.[9][10][11]

In 2017 the BBC reported that an "ugly" car parked by an elderly motorist had been vandalised, possibly by visitors who had repeatedly complained that it spoilt photographs.[12]


The limestone two-storey buildings have gables below cruck roofs covered with slate.[1][13]

External links[edit]


  1. ^ a b c d e "Arlington Row". National Heritage List for England. Historic England. Retrieved 12 May 2019.
  2. ^ "Bibury". National Trust. Retrieved 7 August 2013.
  3. ^ "Arlington Row, Bibury". Loving the Cotswolds. Retrieved 12 May 2019.
  4. ^ "Gloucestershire – History – Day Out: The South East Cotswolds". BBC. Jan 2009. Retrieved 7 August 2013.
  5. ^ "Arlington Row, Bibury". Bilbury. Retrieved 12 May 2019.
  6. ^ Historic England. "Arlington Row (1155677)". National Heritage List for England. Retrieved 28 August 2016.
  7. ^ "Bibury Village, Gloucestershire". Archived from the original on 18 July 2019. Retrieved 1 July 2019.
  8. ^ "Filming Location Matching "Arlington Row, Bibury, Cirencester, Gloucestershire, England, UK"". IMDB. Retrieved 12 May 2019.
  9. ^ "Passport picture not behind influx of tourists according to Bibury residents". Archived from the original on 8 August 2014. Retrieved 4 August 2014.
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  11. ^ "Beauty spots to appear in our new passports". Archived from the original on 24 September 2015. Retrieved 4 August 2014.
  12. ^ "Notorious yellow car vandalised in Bibury". BBC Gloucester. 4 February 2017. Retrieved 4 February 2017.
  13. ^ Moore, Nicholas J. (1994). "Arlington Row, Bibury, Gloucestershire: Early Conversion of an Industrial Building?". Vernacular Architecture. 25 (1): 20–24. doi:10.1179/vea.1994.25.1.20.