Stow On The Wold


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Tel code: 01451 | code search
Postcode: GL54 | code search
Population: 3000
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Birthplace of:
Frederic Bartlett
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Folk Customs:
Cooper’s Hill Cheese Rolling
Cotswold Olimpick Shin-Kicking
Cranham Feast
Gloucesters Royal Lamprey Pie Gift
Marshfield Mummers
Pig Face Day
Randwick Wap
St Briavels Bread and Cheese Throwing
Tetbury Sack Race

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Kings Arms Hotel
"What a great stay, great location in the centre of a lovely village. Old traditional english hotel with beams and wooden floors. The food was fab and the service brilliant ..." More

White Hart Inn
"As a group of 60-70 year olds looking for a quiet sunday lunch as a family before christmas we decided to meet at Stow and find a nice restaurant to ..." More

Unicorn Hotel (The)
"Good Points: All aspects at least good.Breakfast and in particular evening meals were excellent General review: Very enjoyable stay. All staff were friendly and helpful. Room very comfortable. Excellent evening meals. ..." More

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The market town of Stow-on-the-Wold stands high up in the Cotswold's on top of a prominent hill -750 ft - and can be seed for many miles. The town is sited where several important, ancient roads and trackways meet; the Roman Fosse Way (now the A429) crosses the Old Cotswold Ridgeway and meets the Evesham - Burford road (the A424) which may have been the old saltway from Droitwich. The monks of Evesham (the Lords of the Manor) sort to exploit the commercial possibilities of this major road junction. The town was layed out on the eastern side of the Fosse Way in the 11th century; the town was also known as Stow St.Edward or Edwardstow - Stow in Old English means "Holy Place" and Wold is a Hill. Henry 1 granted a charter in 1107 to run a market and in 1476 the town was licenced to operate two five-day markets one in May and the other in October. The town was originally built round a large market place, rectangular in shape with one of the longer sides against the churchyard. The town`s wealth was wool and sheep from the surrounding hills were brought to the fairs with several thousand being traded per day. The narrow alleyways that lead off the market square - call Tures - were built to control the flow of the animals as they were hearded to market. Many of the houses were built in the 16th century out of the mellow Cotswold limestone, one of the oldest is the "Crooked House" of c1450. The Kings Arms in the square dates back to the 16th century, King Charles 1 stayed here in 1645 and Stow was the scene of the last major engagement of the Civil War, in March 1646 when Sir William Brereton`s Parliamentary army overwhelmed the Royalists under the command of Lord Astley and some 1600 prisoners were taken, most held in the Parish Church of St.Edward. The church dates from the 11th century with later additions and repair work, the tower was completed in 1447. The importance of Stow as a major crossroads is shown by the number of Inns that were in the town; in 1381 brewing or inn-keeping seems to have been the largest single trade and in the Royalist Arms has one of the oldest in England with an Inn occupying the site since 947. The market square suffered continual encroachment and steps were taken towards tidying it up, St.Edwards Hill was built and the town Cross restored. In 1901 the 16th century Court House was demolished and replaced by a new shop building and further expansions to the town took place in the 1930`s and 1960`s. Today Stow-on-the-Wold is host to visitors from all over the world ready to explore the narrow alleys and tures, take afternoon tea or, browse around in one of the antique shops but all to soak-up the atmosphere of this lovely Cotswold town


William Hinton Chartered Accountants


Cotswold Safaris
Donnington Trout Farm
Toy Museum


Flagstone Farm Holiday Cottages
The Drey
The Oaks
The Warren


Park Street Dental Surgery


The Surgery

Farmers Market

Stow on the Wold Farmers Market


Grapevine Hotel
Kings Arms Hotel
Kings Head Inn & Restaurant
Unicorn Hotel (The)
White Hart Inn

Pub and Bar

Eagle and Child
Kings Head Inn & Restaurant

Unicorn Hotel (The)


Conservatory Restaurant (Stow)
Eagle and Child
Fosse Manor Hotel
Hamilton's Brasserie
Old Butchers
Wyck Hill House


Flagstone Farm Holiday Cottages
Jay Barn


Cotswold Tours & Taxis

Sports Clubs

Stow on the Wold CC (Cricket)
Stow RFC (Rugby Union)


The Borzoi Bookshop
Cotswold Frock Shop
Daisy Dix
Hardcastle Williams
Herrings Shoes Ltd
The Stow Leather Shop
Red Bag Gallery

Susan Megson Gallery
Fosse Gallery
The Organic Shop
Toad in the Wold
New England Coffee House
St Edwards Cafe
The Old Bakery Tea Rooms
Lambournes Family Butchers
Stow Pharmacy
Cotswold Sweet Co
The Honey Pot
Miette's Chocolate Kitchen
North Cotswold Bakery
Hamptons Delicatessen
Haynes, Hanson & Clark
Stow Roses
Cotswold Flowers
The Court Collection
All Of My Heart Ltd
Ancestral Collections
Stow Fly Fishing Ltd
Digbeths Tea and Coffee House
As Long As It Sparkles
The Little Black Dress Boutique


Antony Preston Antiques Ltd
Baggott Church Street Ltd
Keith Hockin Antiques
Wychwood Books

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Unicorn Hotel (The) (0.09 miles)

Unicorn Hotel (The)

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The Unicorn Hotel is a 17th century coaching inn with honey stone walls and flower boxes. Set in the beautiful rolling Cotswold countryside, we are located on the Roman Fosseway which runs ... More

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Kings Arms Hotel (0.11 miles)

Kings Arms Hotel

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Charming 500 year old coaching inn set in the beautiful town of Stow-on-the- Wold in the heart of the Cotswolds. Many original features, fine wines, good ... More

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Chure House (0.14 miles)

Chure House
Chure House B & B in central Stow-on-the-Wold is within the town conservation area. It is a minute's walk to the Town Square yet is very quietly located. Chure House is a 4 star property ... More | visit website
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Royalist Hotel (0.15 miles)

Royalist Hotel

The Royalist was established in 947 and its claim to be the oldest Inn in Britain is confirmed by the Guinness Book of Records. Historical features include witches marks, a leper hole and the remains ... More | visit website

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Grapevine Hotel (0.19 miles)

Grapevine Hotel

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The Grapevine is an award winning 17th century hotel set in the heart of one of the Cotswolds prettiest villages.

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The Limes (0.31 miles)

The Limes
The limes Bed and Breakfast is a long standing family business with over 30 years of serving visitors. the house is built in the Victorian style and situated 4 minutes walk from Stow-on-the-Wold’s market Square. Stow-on-the-Wold ... More | visit website
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Fosse Manor Hotel (0.87 miles)

Fosse Manor Hotel

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Located in the heart of the Cotswolds Fosse Manor is a delightful 100 year old country-house hotel set in five acres. This former Rectory belies an interior whose contemporary design creates ... More | visit website

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Number Four at Stow (0.87 miles)

Number Four at Stow

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Number Four at Stow is a family own and run boutique country house hotel in Stow on the Wold, in the heart of the Cotswolds. The Hotel offers 13 stylish ... More

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Woodlands Guest House (1.08 miles)

Woodlands Guest House
Woodlands is a warm and welcoming guest house offering a high standard of a bed and breakfast accommodation near Stow-on-the-Wold in the heart of the Cotswolds. Woodlands is situated in the heart of the ... More | visit website
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Aston House (1.43 miles)

Aston House
We welcome guests, and children over 10 years, to our home set in a lovely garden in the beautiful, quiet village of Broadwell with its village green and ford, just 1.5 miles from Stow-on-the-Wold and ... More | visit website

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