We had to go to Witney today to discuss holidays. We seemed to follow all sorts of bizarre diversions and went slightly out of our way through Burford in the Cotswolds on our way home.
Burford is one of those Cotswold towns which became wealthy from the wool trade in times gone by. ( Cotswolds roughly translates as hills full of sheep, or something like that). The wool trade was so important to the English economy in the Middle Ages , that the Lord Chancellor was commanded to sit upon a bale of wool in the House of Lords by King Edward III to symbolise its importance , and the speaker of the House may still sit on 'The Woolsack' to deliver speeches .
There's a branch of the Co-op in the town which, somewhat randomly, sells a good selection of baskets, not British willow sadly but good enough nevertheless. I bought one for storing knitting in.