Just the name of this market town makes you want to check it out. Looking back on our trip I’m already hoping to return and spend some more leisurely time here and there. The Cotswolds is one of the places I’d like to explore with time to just wander about. There was one thing I was determined to see during our very short time in Stow.
We needed to find The Parish Church of St. Edward.
The Parish Church of St. Edward was built between the 11th and the 15th century. The tower was the last part of the church to be completed in 1447. It is 88′ high and houses the heaviest peal of eight bells in Gloucestershire; it is also very prominent for miles around. The painting of the Crucifixion in the south aisle was painted by Gaspar de Craeyer (1582 – 1669), a contemporary of Rubens and Van Dyck. Many features of this outstanding Cotswold Church may be attributed to the town’s prosperity as a centre of the Wool Trade.
But all this cool history isn’t what motivated me to walk around this church…
I was looking for a special door I wanted to see. This is a cool door but it wasn’t the one I was looking for.
This is the door I was determined to see in person. Those are real trees that flank this door to the church. Pretty cool, yes?
We had to have the “we were here” photo taken! Another slightly different view. Can you tell I was excited about this door?
If I visit Stow again I think I would take tea at Lucy’s …
From the Cotswolds we headed Southwest to stay a night in the Cathedral City of Wells. Hope you aren’t getting tired of our England journeys. I’ve got lots more to share and we haven’t even gotten to Cornwall yet…
We have a fun weekend planned with lots of girlie things we hope to enjoy. October is half over. What are your plans for this weekend? Today (Wednesday) I’m just watching the leaves fall and I ordered a pizza to be delivered for dinner. There were a lot of leaves to watch after all…
12 thoughts on “Stow on the Wold”
I like that door too. Very pretty.
Is that the door where Matthew and Mary stood? (I found a photo from the interior of the church with the doorway behind the couple…looks like a match!) Pizza worked well here tonight, too. I’ve been busy watching leaves fall, too. I love the tour on your dime…it’s terrific!
So charming! I love the door…
No, not getting tired of your England journeys at all. Love them….thanks for sharing. And I love that interesting door. It seems a wonder that the trees did not damage the church/door.
Farm Gal in VA
I just love that old church door with the stained glass windows on top and flanked by real trees!
I wonder how old that church is?
I am loving all your photos and stories from England. I think I must go someday soon. You are inspiring me! thanks for sharing.
Those trees at ‘the door’ are really neat! I’d love to have tea at Lucy’s with you.
I love your wonderful England album of pictures. I too loved the doors when I was there. This one, though takes the cake!
What a wonderful door. So glad you found it and had your photo taken there. England is full of lovely places to explore – including tea rooms. I’ve never been there, but one day, I will go.
You are really living up to your blog’s name.
That is a very cool doorway.
I was thinking you were going to say this was the church your multi time great grandparents married in…then I remembered you are not of English descent. Whoops.
What unusual church doors…love the one with the live trees flanking them. I would love to visit England.