Castle Combe by Paul Woloschuk

This well-known English village gets featured on everything from calendars to chocolate box lids!
Although mostly famous as being ‘the prettiest village in England’, Castle Combe dates back to Roman times. It later developed as a weaving town along with the rest of Wiltshire in the fifteenth century. It manufactured a red and white cloth known as ‘Castlecombe’. Weaving was carried out in the 50 or so weaving cottages.

This particular location featured in the film Dr Doolittle which stared Rex Harrison. During this time a certain army officer by the name of Ranulph Fiennes became offended by the construction of an ugly concrete dam built to create a harbour scene. Fiennes planned to demolish the dam. He used explosives which he later claimed to have obtained legitimately from the armoury. Using skills from a recently completed training course on evading search dogs by night, he escaped capture, but he and a guilty colleague were both subsequently traced. After a court case, Fiennes had to pay a hefty fine and he and his co-conspirator were discharged from the SAS. Fiennes was initially posted to another cavalry regiment but was then allowed to return to his regiment.

I’m fortunate to live only a few miles away, so managed to capture this classic scene in the early morning before the tourist coaches arrived!

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Featured in ‘Cottage Style’ group

Nikon D80. Nikkor 17-135mm


  • cieloverde
    cieloverdeover 6 years ago
    Paul…Una vista muy hermosa .I like me….
  • Lea Valley Photographic
    Lea Valley Pho...over 6 years ago

    Castle Coombe I believe. Where they filmed the dock scene in doctor Doolittle.

    Great image. :)

  • Correct Richard.
    And also where Sir Ranulph Fiennes imfamously planned to blow up the temporary dam which had been built to create the Dr Doolittle harbour as he was offended by it’s construction in such a pretty village! As a result, he and a co-conspirator were discharged from the SAS.

    – Paul Woloschuk

  • Angi Baker
    Angi Bakerover 6 years ago

    Excellent capture and view

  • Thank you Angi

    – Paul Woloschuk

  • Jadon
    Jadonover 6 years ago

    Stunner of a shot paul.

  • Thanks Jason

    – Paul Woloschuk

  • Pat Yager
    Pat Yagerover 6 years ago

    A perfect view, Paul! I had the privilege of visiting there about ten years ago (but not in a coach!). – Pat

  • Thanks Pat – I’m lucky in that I live so close.

    – Paul Woloschuk

  • Yool
    Yoolover 6 years ago

    Congratz on your feature in the Stream Crossings Group it is a beautyful image well done !!!!

  • Thanks Yool

    – Paul Woloschuk

  • RedHillDigital
    RedHillDigitalover 6 years ago

    Congrats on your feature Paul. Snap!!

  • Thanks Howard.
    I’ve only just logged-on, and what a suprise!
    As you say…snap! ;-)

    – Paul Woloschuk

  • Kay  G Larsen
    Kay G Larsenover 6 years ago

    Oh, I’d love to visit! Congrats on your feature! : )

  • Thanks Kay.
    Yes, it’s a beautiful place.

    – Paul Woloschuk

  • joak
    joakover 6 years ago

    so so beautiful ..magic

  • Thanks joak

    – Paul Woloschuk

  • driftindreamin
    driftindreaminover 6 years ago

    early bird gets the worm …or the great shot well done congrats on the feature

  • Thanks Mike!

    – Paul Woloschuk

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