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Stow-on-the-Wold

Stow-on-the-Wold is a charming market town standing proud on a hill that's 700 feet high. It was originally called Stow St. Edward or Edwardstow after the town's patron saint.

 

At the height of the Cotswold wool industry the town was famous for its huge annual fairs where as many as 20,000 sheep were sold in one day. The passageways that enter the square are all narrow as they were used to count the sheep one at a time.

 

Stow is full of history. At one end of the square stands the ancient cross, and at the other the town stocks (always a great photo opportunity!) Around and about the visitor is faced with an elegant array of town houses, all made in beautiful Cotswold stone.

Nowadays, Stow is an important shopping centre and has many fine antique shops, art galleries, gifts and craft shops and is a centre for walking in the Cotswolds countryside.

Our coffee house is located on Digbeth Street.  

The name 'Digbeth' was derived from the previous name of  'Duck Bath' Street. It was apparently called this after the Battle of Stow when the blood of 1000 slain Royalist Soldiers ran down from the town Square, which the ducks waded in.....don’t worry, it’s been cleaned up a bit since then!

 

Within 10 miles are the picturesque villages of Bourton-on-the-Water, Chipping Campden, Broadway, and the Slaughters. Oxford,  

Stratford-on-Avon, Cirencester and Cheltenham are all within a 45 minutes drive. Plus the area is full of beautiful gardens, stately homes and country pubs for your enjoyment.

 

We’re always happy to give you some advice on what to see in Stow and its surroundings. In fact we’ve put together a one page route map for a 40 mile round trip around the area. Start at the shop by picking up the map and ordering your coffee to go. You’ll be ready for a yummy slice of cake when you get back!

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