Broadway - Travel Guide
Updated: Jun 14
Broadway is a large village, located 5 miles South East of Evesham. Broadway as its name suggested has a broad, sweeping street. It made its mark as a coaching stop & has a selection of fine inns & hotels. In 1250 the village had received a charter to host a market, essentially making Broadway a market town. However with the fierce competition of neighbouring Chipping Campden, Broadway's market throughout the middle ages struggled to survive. During it's hay-day in 1700-1800s it was noted that 7 (!) horse drawn coaches stopped off in Broadway for refreshment, truly a traffic jam it would seem in years gone by.
The properties along the main street date back to mainly the 17th & 18th century. The opening of the London to Worcester railway line soon brought the coaching era to a close, although this line has long since gone recently the Great Western Steam Railway line has been extended to now stop in Broadway. The line, which runs from Spring to late Summer has regular steam & diesel services connecting Broadway to Cheltenham Race Course. A magical way to spend the day. The area is noted for it's connection with William Morris, one of the founders of the Arts & Crafts movement. The increasing number of visitors that the original railway line brought to Broadway has continued to grow ever sine & Broadway has obtained a reputation of being a 'show village'. Spend a leisurely day in Broadway, with it's wonderful architecture along the High Street & fabulous residential properties in the Upper High Street, you also have a fantastic array of independent shops, tearooms, restaurants & museums. At the base of the main street, just beyond the war memorial is the large village green, turn left here and find one of our favourite Cotswolds pubs, The Crown & Trumpet. It is possible to walk out of Broadway to enjoy the handsome properties at Bury End, along with the wonderful old church of St Eadburgha (1 mile from the town) which lies at the foot of the road that leads on up to Snowshill village. At the entrance to the church yard you will find the lychgate, in memory of American artist Francis Davis Millet, who tragically died on the Titanic.
Broadway lies astride the Cotswolds way, so whether you are a walker in hiking boots, or dressed up to the nines to visit the antique shops, you will be welcomed in the wonderful village. Located 6 miles east of Chipping Campden it makes for a wonderful walk across the fields, via the iconic Broadway Tower to enjoy a day soaking up the countryside with a touch of retail therapy. You will notice as you explore Broadway there are numerous art galleries, Broadway has always appealed to artists, in 1880s a famous group of Anglo-American artists, Alfred parsons, John Singer Sargent & Edwin Abbey fell in love with Broadway. They had been keen to escape the Industrial Revolution surging throughout England & like William Morris, were inspired by the perfection of this location.
Whilst in Broadway do not miss the upper high street, with its stunning properties, as you explore you may pass Court Farm, from the 1890s this property has hosted Kings, Queens, Prime Ministers famous artists & writers including J.M Barrie, the author of the favourite children's story Peter Pan. Orchard Farm is another property of note, once the home of the Queen Mothers Aunt, Lady Bowes-Lyon. The Queen Mother was a regular visitor here during her childhood. You may also find Milestone House, this property is names after the Roman Milestone, that was defaced during the second world war, but marks the distance from this point to London , some 90 miles.
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