Cotswolds, stow-on-the-wold



With a name like this it is bound to attract visitors, and it has, and does so to this day for with its exposed position at the intersection of eight roads, (one being the Fosse Way) Stow has been party to some momentous events in history. The Romans used Stow as an encampment and route centre. The Viking merchants traded down the Fosse Way, but it was the Saxon hill farmers who laid the foundations for the “fleece" which created wealth for the wool merchants who used the great Market Place for sheep sales of 20,000, or more.

The Kings Arms is named after Charles Stuart who stayed here in 1645 before the Battle of Naseby. In March 1646, the Battle of Stow was the last skirmish, or battle of the English Civil War. Stow has a number of historic hostelries, and is thus, an agreeable place in which to succumb to fine ales and wine, and the comfort of a four-poster bed. Today, the town is a busy and pleasing place to be. It still has free parking and you may wander freely about, and admire and visit the art galleries, antique shops, bookshops and delis. ‘Where the wind blows cold’ so the song goes.

“Special Places" to Visit:  

Fosse Gallery
Parish Church of St Edward the Confessor
Stow Horse Fair