In June 2015 during a trip back to UK we stayed in Stow-on-the-Wold in the Cotswolds. Stow is a lovely small town with lovely shops, traditional tea rooms and butcher shops and some good pubs.
Stow-on-the-Wold is a market town and civil parish in Gloucestershire, England, on top of an 800 ft hill, at the junction of major roads through the Cotswolds, including the Fosse Way, which is of Roman origin. The town was founded by Norman lords to take advantage of trade on the converging roads.
I saw an old metal plaque on the stone wall as I was walking and when I got closer his is what I saw ….. brilliant!
Stow is the highest of the Cotswold towns, located on the Roman Fosse Way and at the point where several roads meet, hence an important trading centre. It has a long history, it probably dates from a prehistoric fortified settlement on top of the hill, and had a special importance in the English Civil War, the last battle was fought close by in Donnington back in 1646. St Edward’s Church, was used as a prison for the defeated Royalist troops, as it was the only lockable building in the town. Some of the damage sustained at this time can still be seen today.
We stopped in at the Porch House and sampled some of the wonderful local ales – I had a dark Brakespeare.
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