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Stow on the Wold

The highest of the Cotswold towns, Stow’s historic significance was mainly due to its important position on the Roman Fosse Way. In mediaeval times salt, minerals and other trade moved from west to east crossing the Fosse Way here.

A Royal Charter, giving the right to hold a market, was granted by Edward 1 and continues to this day. Originally principally for sheep and such was the press of animals entering the Market Square that special sheep ‘runs’, narrow streets known as Tures, were used to control their access, many of which remain.

St. Edward’s Church is an outstanding Cotswold church, mainly rebuilt in the 13th and 14th centuries. At the top of the tower, with its panelled battlements, gargoyles and crocketed pinnacles, there is a view of the surrounding countryside that is spectacular.

The town’s character is derived from its fortress like position, particularly in the Market Square, which is enclosed and united by the almost continuous facade of fine houses and cottages built in local stone in the Cotswold tradition.

Stow today is home to a harmonious mix of hotels with names evoking the past: The Old Stocks, The King’s Arms, the Unicorn & The Royalist, restaurants, in particular the Old Butchers and individual shops and galleries, including,  Roger Lamb, Huntington Antiques, The Titian Gallery and Christopher Clarke.

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