Broadway, jewel of the Cotswolds

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Row houses of Cotswold stone © Peter K Burian/cc-by-4.0

Row houses of Cotswold stone © Peter K Burian/cc-by-4.0

Broadway is a large village and civil parish in the Cotswolds, England, with a population of 2,540 at the 2011 census. It is in the far southeast of Worcestershire, close to the Gloucestershire border, midway between Evesham and Moreton-in-Marsh. It is sometimes referred to as the “Jewel of the Cotswolds”. The village is overlooked by Broadway Hill, the highest point in the northern Cotswolds at 1,024 ft (312 m) above sea level, which is popular with hill walkers.

Broadway village lies beneath Fish Hill on the western Cotswold escarpment. The “broad way” is the wide grass-fringed main street, centred on the Green, which is lined with red chestnut trees and honey-coloured Cotswold limestone buildings, many dating from the 16th century. It is known for its association with the Arts and Crafts movement, and is in an area of outstanding scenery and conservation. The wide High Street is lined with a wide variety of shops and cafes, many housed in listed buildings.

Business on the High Street © Peter K Burian/cc-by-4.0 © flickr.com - Tony Hisgett/cc-by-2.0 Lygon Arms © Saffron Blaze/cc-by-sa-3.0 Row houses of Cotswold stone © Peter K Burian/cc-by-4.0 Row houses of Cotswold stone © Peter K Burian/cc-by-4.0 St Michael & All Angels' Church © UKgeofan/cc-by-sa-3.0 © panoramio.com - JCNazza/cc-by-3.0 © panoramio.com - JCNazza/cc-by-3.0 © panoramio.com - JCNazza/cc-by-3.0 © panoramio.com - JCNazza/cc-by-3.0 © panoramio.com - JCNazza/cc-by-3.0 © panoramio.com - JCNazza/cc-by-3.0 © panoramio.com - JCNazza/cc-by-3.0 © panoramio.com - JCNazza/cc-by-3.0 © panoramio.com - JCNazza/cc-by-3.0 © panoramio.com - JCNazza/cc-by-3.0 © panoramio.com - JCNazza/cc-by-3.0 © panoramio.com - JCNazza/cc-by-3.0 © panoramio.com - JCNazza/cc-by-3.0 © panoramio.com - JCNazza/cc-by-3.0 © panoramio.com - JCNazza/cc-by-3.0
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Row houses of Cotswold stone © Peter K Burian/cc-by-4.0
Today, Broadway is a centre for arts and antiques. The village’s accommodation includes the Broadway Hotel, Russell’s “a restaurant with rooms”, the 1600s Cotswold inn the Lygon Arms, a caravan site, holiday cottages, bed and breakfast lodges, old pubs including the Swan Inn and Crown & Trumpet, shops, restaurants and tea rooms.

Local attractions include the Gordon Russell Design Museum (celebrating the work of the 20th-century furniture maker Sir Gordon Russell MC), the Ashmolean Museum Broadway displaying objects from the 17th to the 21st centuries in ‘Tudor House’ a former 17th-century coaching inn, the 65-foot-high (20 m) Broadway Tower on its hilltop site in the Broadway Tower Country Park, Chipping Campden, Snowshill village, Snowshill Manor (owned by the National Trust), horse riding and, for the many ramblers, the Cotswold Way.

Country Life magazine provided these insights into the importance of the Russell museum. “In 1903 “Sydney Bolton Russell [Gordon’s father] bought the inn on the main street, The Lygon Arms, restoring it … Originally a craftsman in the Arts-and-Crafts mould (although he was later frowned-upon by purists for his willingness to increase output by using machines), Gordon Russell opened a workshop in the village.”

Read more on Official guide for Broadway village, Visit-Broadway.co.uk, cotswolds.com – Broadway, Wikivoyage Broadway and Wikipedia Broadway (Smart Traveler App by U.S. Department of State - Weather report by weather.com - Global Passport Power Rank - Travel Risk Map - Democracy Index - GDP according to IMF, UN, and World Bank - Global Competitiveness Report - Corruption Perceptions Index - Press Freedom Index - World Justice Project - Rule of Law Index - UN Human Development Index - Global Peace Index - Travel & Tourism Competitiveness Index). Photos by Wikimedia Commons. If you have a suggestion, critique, review or comment to this blog entry, we are looking forward to receive your e-mail at comment@wingsch.net. Please name the headline of the blog post to which your e-mail refers to in the subject line.




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