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From the 16th to 19th centuries, Broadway was a coaching centre on the busy London-Worcester road and teams of horses had to be changed here in order to get the coaches up the steep and often muddy Fish Hill.

In the 19th and and early 20th centuries the town became home to celebrated artists and writers including Elgar, John Singer Sargent, J.M. Barrie, Vaughan Williams and William Morris and also the furniture designer, Gordon Russell, who was influenced by the Arts & Crafts Movement and whose firm became recognised as a major contributor to 20th century design. The Gordon Russell Museum, located in the original grade II listed workshop, celebrates his work.

One of the most beautiful small towns in the Cotswolds, Broadway with its soft mellow Cotswold stone houses and the wide street, lined with red chestnut trees is a major attraction to visitors all year round and the recent rerouting of the main road has further enhanced the town by removing the heavy through traffic. The Lygon Arms Hotel, now called The Barcelo Lygon Arms, and Russell’s restaurant with rooms are both excellent and among the array of high class shops and galleries, Broadway is home to four highly regarded fine art and antique specialists, John Noott Galleries, Haynes Fine Art,Fenwick and Fenwick, and Trinity House Paintings, all members of the CADA.

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Gordon Russell

The Gordon Russell Museum, located in the original grade II listed workshop, celebrates the work of the renowned 20th century furniture designer, Sir Gordon Russell MC, and that of his Company over a period of sixty years in Broadway, Worcestershire.

Following Sir Gordon's experiences during the First World War, he returned determined to create work of lasting quality for future generations. Throughout his life he was greatly influenced by the Arts & Crafts Movement, but also recognised the role the machine could play, given it was properly managed, in reaching wider markets.

"Over the years, the firm he founded grew to employ over 200 highly skilled craftsmen in the Broadway workshops. Sir Gordon went on to become engaged in a National role as chairman of the design panel controlling the Unility Furniture programme throughout the 2nd World War. Subsequently he played a major part in the The Festival of Britain 1951 Exhibition before being appointed the director of the Design Council, promoting British Industry and Design worldwide."

The firm became recognised both nationally and internationally as a major contributor to 20th century design.