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stow-on-the-wold st edwards church door tolkien an amazing british break
Stow-on-the-Wold St Edwards Church door tolkien An Amazing British Break

Stow-on-the-Wold: An Amazing British Break

Jim Gladwin
Jim Gladwin article

One of the main advantages of Stow on the Wold is the abundance of fashion boutiques and a huge variety of designer boutique and traditional hotels, all located within a beautiful corner of the Cotswolds.

Why Visit Stow on the Wold in Winter/Spring?

The British winter brings the Cotswolds to life, the cosy pub fires are lit and ready for post-walk drinks and lunch. This can be followed by gift shopping and browsing the abundant shops for family presents or treat yourself to some country clothing. Even spot the next tearoom for your afternoon refreshments to restore some warmth. ‘Stow on the Wold, where the wind blows cold’, based on fact as its located 800 feet above sea level, so wrap up warm.

Stow Old Market Square

Stow is famous for its Market Square and the majority of the surrounding architecture dating from the 17th, but also St. Edward's church which was built between 11th & 15th century. The church is steeped in history with amazing stained glass windows and the world famous doorway that may have inspired JRR Tolkien’s “Doors of Durin,” the west gate of Moria. The scene appears in the The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring.

English Civil War

Stow has a graveyard and a memorial marks the Battle of Stow, in 1646, which saw 1,500 royalist soldiers imprisoned in the church and hundreds died in the Market Square.