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Stow-on-the-Wold is a delightful market town and along with Moreton in Marsh, perhaps the best known of the small Cotswolds towns.

Stow-on the-Wold stands exposed on a 700 feet high hill at a junction of seven major roads, including the Roman Fosse Way.

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 at one time.

The vast Market Square testifies to the towns former importance. At one end stands the ancient cross, and at the other the town stocks, shaded between an old elm tree. Around the square the visitor is faced with an elegant array of Cotswold town houses.

Stow is an important shopping centre and has many fine Antique shops, Art galleries, Gifts and Crafts and is a centre for Walking the Cotswolds countryside.

Read about the last battle of the English Civil War at Stow-on-the-Wold in 1646.

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Moreton in Marsh - 15 minutes
Broadway - 15 minutes
Chipping Campden - 25 minutes
Bourton on the Water - 15 minutes
Upper and Lower Slaughter - 10 minutes
Bibury - 30 minutes
Burford - 20 minutes
Chastleton House - 10 minutes
Snowshill Manor - 15 minutes
Broadway Tower - 15 minutes
Chedworth Roman Villa - 30 mimutes
Rollright Stone Circle - 15 minutes

The Cotswold Market Town of Stow
 
The Market square of Stow
 
The Green in the centre of Stow
 
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Interesting Facts

THE FATHER OF ENGLISH GEOLOGY

William Smith - known as the father of English Geology. Born in 1769, he first learned land surveying as a young man in Stow-on-the-Wold, a place where he became aware of contrasting rock formation with that of his native Oxfordshire. For more information see - Radstock Museum.

CHURES

In the 17th & 18th centuries Stow quickly developed as a cross roads and with the growth of the wool trade, the town prospered. Livestock (up to 20,000 sheep per day) were traded through Stow market from as far away as Wales. The town is criss-crossed by 'chures', narrow alleys formerly used to drive and count sheep to the The Square on Market Days.

It is believed that the word 'chure' is a corruption of the original true word - 'TURE'.

THE BATTLE OF STOW - 1646

A major battle was fought in Stow-on-the-Wold. Fighting continued into the Square and local legend tells that blood flowed down Digbeth Street such was the slaughter. Fighting in the town ended with the capture of the remains of the Royalist Army.
For further information see - Battle of Stow.


Visiting Famous Gardens

There are several famous gardens within 20 minutes car journey of Stow-on-the-Wold including Hidcote Manor, Snowshill Manor, Bourton House, Sezincote, Hidcote Manor, Kiftsgate Court and Batdford Arboretum. See - Cotswold Gardens and North Cotswold Gardens Map and Driving Directions.

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The Gypsy Horse Fair at Stow-on-the-Wold is held bi-annually every year

Painting of Stow-on-the-Wold market place by L.S. Lowry
The famous artist L.S. Lowry and his winter scene depicts Stow-on-the-Wold
Market Square and St Edward’s Hall which is now the public library.
Ink sketch of Stow-on-the-Wold by Richard Grassi
Ink Sketch of Stow-on-the-Wold by Richard Grassi
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The Market Town of Stow-on-the-Wold