From about the middle of the 15th century to the 19th century the prosperity of Painswick depended mainly on the wool trade and the production of super-fine broadcloth. This cloth was made from short-staple wool obtainedfrom the large flocks of sheep kept on the Cotswolds. During the 17th & 18th century, when the wool trade flourished, some farmhouses around Painswick were rebuilt or enlarged. Well Farm dates from 1680 and remains largely un-altered.The mounting block stands near the house. The farmhouses at Ifold and Spoonbed were built in the 18th century. Many farm buildings of traditional design still stand. Quarry Barn is in a field some distance from the farmhouse. The barn at Holcombe Farm dates from about 1710 and is a good example of a typical Cotswold barn.
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