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Stow on the Wold Information and History

At over 700ft above sea level, Stow on the Wold is the highest town in the Cotswolds. Stow lies at the meeting point of eight roads on the Roman Fosse Way (now the A429) midway between Bourton on the Water and Moreton-in-Marsh

The stock in Stow on the Wold market square   At the heart of Stow on the Wold you will find the old market square which is surrounded by attractive buildings, pubs and coaching inns, shops and restaurants. The size of the market square hints at the importance of Stow as a prosperous and busy market town. The old stocks are still in display in one corner of the square.

The imposing Norman church of St Edward overlooks the market square. In 1646 the church was home to 1000 Royalist prisoners following the final battle of the Civil War which was fought in nearby Donnington.

Although the church dates from Norman times, much of the more visible work, including the 28 metre tower, dates from the 15th. century.

  Church of St Edward overlooks Stow on the Wold
The Royalist claims to be the oldest inn in England, dating back to 947AD  

The Royalist, at the junction of Park Street and Digbeth Street claims to be the oldest in the country and proudly displays a plaque showing the date AD 947. This is authenticated in The Guinness Book of Records.

Remains of wooden beams discovered here have been scientifically proven to be over 1000 years old.