Stow on the Wold ~ Day #5

It’s Tuesday and our 5th day in Jolly Old England. Today we spent a more leisurely day taking a short drive to a nice market town, Stow on the Wold. I’m doing a full post about this little town today since we are relaxing the afternoon and evening away at the cottage.

Stow on the Wold 028We visited this town last September with Josh and Laura but we only spent about a half hour here. Today we spent close to 2 hours walking around.

“Ancient and historic Stow on-the Wold is the highest town in the Cotswolds standing 800 feet above sea level. Stow is located at the junction of six roads making it an important and natural meeting place of the Cotswolds. One of the renowned Cotswold routes meeting in Stow is the famous Roman road – The Fosse Way. “

Stow on the Wold 021“History and hospitality is never far away in Stow. Stow is the location of the oldest inn in England with a history reaching as far back as 987AD.”

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Stow on the Wold 019“The Square is a reminder of Stow on the Wold’s heritage as the Cotswold’s major sheep market. In one of his Cotswold travels writer Daniel Defoe once recorded that 20,000 sheep were sold during a single day. Another reminder of Stow’s past is the little alleys leading from the market square. These were intentionally built narrow and winding as a way to control and count sheep.”

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Stow on the Wold 024” The Kings Arms on the market square hosted King Charles I before the Battle of Naseby in 1645.”

I had to take a photo of this reader board outside to help me with the timeline that our visit includes with the last week of the World Cup taking place while we are here.

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Stow on the Wold 020There were several different “thrift” stores in this little town that I enjoyed poking around in. I bought a couple of things easy to pack and bring home with me.

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Stow on the Wold 026“A much later addition to Stow is St Edwards Hall in the market square. This was built in 1878. Money for the building came from funds left unclaimed in the town Savings Bank. The Hall houses the public library and exhibitions of Civil War artifacts.”

When I get back home I’ll do a full post on the church of  St. Edward that Dear and I spent some time in today in Stow.

On our way back to the cottage we stopped at Warner Budgens supermarket in Moreton on Marsh to buy our takeaway dinner items. We chose a Cotswold locally fresh, not frozen,  made Beef, Guinness and Ale Pie and some minted green vegetables.

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Pricey but it was enough for both of us to split.

Stow on the Wold 033You should have seen the nice wedge of butter on top of these veggies, these were not frozen either, just ready to microwave.

takeaway 002The meal was delicious and it’s nice to enjoy a leisurely afternoon and evening at the cottage with the sun shining and a nice cool breeze blowing in the open windows. Sat. July 5-Chipping Campden 087There’s Dear in the kitchen area of the cottage.

Tonight I plan to stay up late and watch Brazil play Germany in the World Cup Semi-finals. It’s so weird to think everyone in our home time zone are just beginning your day and we are winding down.  Hope all is well wherever you find yourselves today.

 

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10 thoughts on “Stow on the Wold ~ Day #5

  1. Oh, I had to stop a bit at that old door! It truly looked like something we imagine from ancient times! What a unique experience for you here in everything from sights, history and food!

  2. I like the way you are enjoying the journey this time out…more like an inhabitant rather than a tourist…it sounds more relaxing. This is a very old community this Stow on the Wold.

  3. Oooo – I wanted to peek in the windows of the butcher shop. Great pictures of this very historic place! I think I will try putting mint on my next steamed veggie dish – sounds delicious!

  4. How fun to be staying in a cottage, and that open window looks so charming! Stowe looks so charming too, and it was so interesting about the narrow passageways to keep the sheep from straying. Great photos. Hope you found something wonderful to bring home with you. laurie

  5. Good afternoon on Wednesday, I’m loving these photos of your visit there in England. I imagine you were amazed at the match last night! My husband and I watched at an Irish Pub here in Munich and it was thrilling. The place vibrated with energy and emotion! A good time to be living in Germany. Can’t wait to see more of your travels. thanks for blogging!

  6. It’s so interesting to see your photos of such an ancient village! I would have delighted in poking among the thrift stores with you!

    Thanks for sharing about a place that I probably will never get to visit.

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