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The Cotswold Lion

Well, strange as it may seem, the Cotswold Lion is a sheep. An unusual looking sheep maybe, but a sheep none the less. And not only is the Cotswold Lion a sheep, it is a much loved icon of the Cotswolds. Think of a big woolly sheep with dreadlocks and you have the Cotswold Lion.

"But apart from the sanitation, the medicine, education, viniculture, public order, irrigation, roads, the fresh-water system, and public health, what have the Romans ever done for us?"

Well, it was the Romans who introduced the sheep now known as The Cotswold Lion to this part of Britain. However, it was left it to the Anglo Saxons to name this area The Cotswolds. The sheep used to be grazed in large cots or enclosures which were sited on wolds or hills. So a literal translation of Cotswolds is sheep-hills.

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