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Village History


Gravel and Water

At the start of the 20th Century gravel extraction began around Ashton Keynes for use in concrete. Many men who had worked in agriculture went to work on the excavations in the area that is today the Cotswold Water Park. In 1939 there were just 14 acres of water in the neighbourhood, but today after the extraction of 15 million tons of gravel there are 150 acres of lakes.