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RMS Titanic and the Broadway Connection

At 12 noon on 10th April 1912, RMS Titanic set sail from Southampton for New York. Amongst the 1st Class passengers on the ill-fated liner was Broadway resident, writer and artist Francis Davis Millet. 

Francis Davis Millet (1846-1912)

Frank Millet (Civil War soldier, painter, mural decorator, sculptor and writer) was born in Massachusetts on 3rd November 1846. He spent many years of his life painting and living in Broadway with his wife and family, firstly at Farnham House and later at Russell House on the village green. Millet had joined the ship at Cherbourg, France, and was travelling to the US with his friend Major Archibald Willingham Butt, military aide to US President William Howard Taft and President Theodore Roosevelt. Millet died in the sinking of the ship and was last seen helping women and children into the lifeboats. His body was later recovered from the sea by the crew of the cable ship MacKay Bennett and was returned to East Bridgewater, Massachusetts, where he was buried in Central Cemetery.

Millet’s paintings can be seen in the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, the Detroit Insitute of Art and the Tate Gallery, London.  Millet was the first director of the American Academy in Rome and his painting Between Two Fires,painted c1892, which hangs in the Tate, was painted in the refectory of the 14th century Abbots Grange, Broadway.  Millet restored Abbots Grange from its monastic ruins and it became a studio for the artists’ colony in Broadway he helped create. The ‘Broadway Colony’ included artists and writers such as John Singer Sargent, Alfred Parsons, Fred Barnard, Henry James, Edmund Gosse, Edwin Austin Abbey and the actress Mary Anderson (Mme de Navarro), to name just a few. Sargent spent the summers of 1885 and 1886 with the Millet family at Farnham House and Russell House. It was in these Broadway gardens that Sargent painted Carnation, Lily, Lily, Rosewhich now hangs in the Tate Gallery, London.

St Eadburgha’s and the Lychgate

At the saxon church, St Eadburgha’s, on the Snowshill Road in Broadway there is a lychgate dedicated to Frank Millet. In 1932, twenty years after the Titanic disaster, Millet’s son Jack (John Alfred Parsons Millet) sent £120 to St Eadburgha’s for the creation of the lychgate. The inscription was devised by two Harvard classics professors and reads:

‘FRANCISCO DAVIS MILLET VIRO IN ARTIBVS LITTERISQVE PRAESTANTI QVI NAVI TITANICA FRACTA DVM SPEM TIMIDIS AFFERT MORTEM LAE TVS OPPETIVIT HOC MONVMENTVM SVAVIS AMICITIAE MEMORES SODALES PONENDVM CVRAVERVNT’

the original English translation is:

‘To Francis Davis Millet – A man of outstanding attainment in literature and art who, when the ship Titanic was sunk, gladly faced death while bringing hope to those in great need. His intimate friends have had this memorial erected in memory of a dear friendship’.

St Eadburgha’s is a lovely peaceful place to visit and is open to visitors most days from 10am to 4pm. The church is about a 15 minute walk from our Cotswold holiday cottages on West End. The oldest part of the current church is from the 12th century. The nave arcades are supported on beautiful Norman columns with large diameter bases and simple scalloped capitals. The roof of the nave is crafted from lovely old timber, with a frieze along the wall-plate with small, carved faces mixed with foliage designs. Against the west wall of the south aisle is one of the newest monuments in the church, the Millenium Stone which was inserted in 1972 to celebrate 1000 years of Broadway history. The lychgate is located a little further along the Snowshill Road at the entrance to the new cemetery.

Debbie Williamson
Broadway Manor Cottages

Broadway Car Show July 2019

An exciting two-day car show is coming to Broadway in the Cotswolds this summer. A celebration of fabulous supercars, classic and vintage cars will take place in the village on 13th and 14th July 2019.

As in previous years, the show will take place right in the centre of Broadway (postcode WR12 7AA). The weekend will be a great opportunity to soak up Broadway’s Cotswold charm and character. The village has a range of fabulous independent shops, art galleries, museums, restaurants, tea shops and cafés. Alongside beautiful cars, there will be plenty happening on the village green with street food and memorabilia on sale and a live jazz band.

Saturday 13th July 2019 – Supercar Saturday

Supercar Saturday starts for exhibitors with an optional drive through the Cotswolds culminating with a parade through the village by members of the Cotswolds branch of the Ferrari Owners’ Club and the Supercar Drivers’ Club. The cars will park along the High Street and the village green for viewing alongside a display of Bentleys, Aston Martins (including an Aston Martin Vantage S), a SLK55 AMG Mercedes and many others.

The Lygon Arms will be hosting a lunchtime charity fashion show by Slate Clothing and the day will end at The Lygon Arms with a black-tie dinner hosted by a motoring celebrity (both events are subject to booking and availability).

During the day there will be an opportunity to take a Morgan sports car for the morning or for an afternoon drive around the Cotswolds (subject to prior booking).

Getting a Ferrari 430 F1 ready at Broadway Manor Cottages for the 2017 Broadway Car Show

Sunday 14th July 2019 – Classic and Vintage Cars

The theme on Sunday will be classic and vintage cars with a parade through the village and a fabulous display on the village green and High Street. Expect classic and vintage Jaguars, Aston Martins, Bentleys, Rolls Royces, Bugattis and many more. The Morgan Motor Company will again be adding to the atmosphere with the opportunity to take a Morgan for a morning or afternoon drive.

Bugatti Owners’ Club meet, Broadway, 1937 (Bill Brunell)

For more information about the 2019 Broadway Car Show click here.

Stay with us in a Cotswold Holiday Cottage during the Show

Volkswagen Karmann Ghia outside Rafters (sleeps 2) at The Manor House

Why not make a weekend of it and stay in one of our Cotswold holiday cottages or stay for a week or more and spend time enjoying the surrounding area? Our holiday cottages are located on West End less than 10 minutes’ walk from the village green. We have availability in Rafters (sleeps 2) either for the weekend or for a longer stay. For more information about our holiday cottages in Broadway click here.

Debbie Williamson
Broadway Manor Cottages

Broadway Station Car Park and Café

A new car park opened in Broadway this week opposite Broadway Station on Station Road. 85 car parking spaces, including spaces for ‘Blue Badge’ holders, have been created by Wychavon District Council on land provided by the Gloucestershire Warwickshire Steam Railway (GWSR). The car park is less than 5 minutes’ walk from the station. The parking area also includes a pleasant grassy area next to the line that can be used for picnics. Later this year electric vehicle charging units will be installed.

GWSR Broadway Car Park

The parking charges are from 50p for half an hour up to £5.00 for 10 hours. Those purchasing a £5.00 parking ticket will receive a £3.00 refund from GWSR against the purchase of one train ticket for the same day. Pay and display parking tickets can be purchased with cash or by using the RingGo parking website or app.

GWSR Refund for Car Park Users

A new café, offering a range of light refreshments, will also open at the station when the service resumes in a few days’ time.

For those that prefer to walk rather than drive to the station, it about half a mile from our holiday cottages on foot. The railway resumes services for the 2019 season on Saturday 9th March.

Debbie Williamson
Broadway Manor Cottages

Visit Bath – How to See the City in a Day

Many of our guests like to visit the city of Bath during their stay. The city with its wide range of excellent shops, restaurants, museums, Georgian architecture and Roman baths is about 70 miles from our holiday cottages and can be reached in less than 2 hours by car.

Our recommendation is to use one of the Park and Ride car parks on the edge of the city rather than drive in to the centre and spend time trying to find a parking space. The buses from the Park and Ride car parks run frequently and are not expensive.

Sally Lunn’s Eating House and Kitchen Museum

If looking for a coffee, cup of tea and something to eat on arrival in Bath, we recommend stopping at Sally Lunn’s, 4 North Parade Passage. Sally Lunn’s opens at 10am and is home to the original Sally Lunn Bunn  (the original Bath bun) which is still baked to a secret recipe and served with a wide variety of delicious toppings including cinnamon butter and lemon curd. The historic building is one of the oldest houses in Bath and dates back to 1483. It became the home of the French baker, Sally Lunn, a Hugenot refugee, in the 1600s.

Sally Lunn’s is also open for lunch, afternoon teas and dinner (see www.sallylunns.co.uk) for more information. Reservations are advisable as it does get very busy.

Bath’s Roman Baths and Museum

A few minutes’ walk away from Sally Lunn’s is the Roman Baths Museum and the ruins of a 43AD Roman settlement. The Baths are open from 9am until 5pm (November to February 9.30am and later during Easter weeks and the summer). Entrance costs from £14.40 per adult with a 10% discount if booked online. The Museum runs free tours and free audioguides are available in a number of languages. For more information visit www.romanbaths.co.uk.

It is not possible to bathe in the waters but the nearby Thermae Bath Spa uses the same mineral-enriched water, treated to make it safe to enjoy (see website site for details).

A visit to the baths including a free tour will take approximately 2 hours.

A Walking Tour of the City

There are several options for a walking tour of the city. Our recommendation is to join one of the entertaining tours given by The Mayor of Bath Honorary Guides. The daily tours are free (no tips allowed) and there is no need to book. Tours start outside the Roman Baths (look for the sign ‘Free Walking Tours Start Here’). The walks take place within the city are about 2 miles (3km) in length with a gradual climb of 100 feet (30m) and takes approximately 2 hours. The walks take in the majestic Bath Abbey, Pulteney Street and 18th century Pulteney Bridge, the beautiful Georgian Royal Crescent, Circus Crescent and much more.

Historic Bath Abbey

Bath Abbey, the Abbey Church of St Peter and St Paul, was built in 1499. Visitors may visit the main church area for free. A tour of the tower (tickets available to purchase from the gift shop) takes visitors up 212 steps past the bell chamber (with the Abbey’s 10 bells) to the Abbey’s rooftop with its wonderful panoramic view of the city.

Photo: By Diliff – Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0

Jane Austen Centre

If you are a fan of Jane Austen, Bath’s most famous resident, then the Jane Austen Centre, 40 Gay Street, Queen Square, is worth a visit. The centre, set in a classically decorated Georgian townhouse, offers a snapshot of what it would be like to live in Regency times.  Afternoon tea can be enjoyed in the Regency Tea Room. For further information and admissions prices see www.janeausten.co.uk.

Shopping, Eating Out and More

There are plenty of excellent independent shops, tea rooms, coffee shops, and restaurants in Bath to fill up any spare time. Milsom Street, built in 1792, was recently voted ‘Britain’s Best Fashion Street’.

A great spot to enjoy afternoon tea is in the elegant Pump Room Restaurant in the Abbey Churchyard where the Pump Room Trio serenade guests. Walk in tables are available daily but to avoid missing out we would advise that a table is reserved online (www.romanbaths.co.uk or telephone 01225 444477).

We hope you enjoy your day in Bath!

Debbie Williamson

Broadway Manor Cottages

A Poem for Valentine’s Day

“Love is Enough” a Poem for Valentine’s Day by William Morris

William Morris (1834-1896) was a frequent visitor to Broadway during the 1880s. Morris, along with fellow Pre-Raphaelite artists, Dante Gabriel Rossetti and Edward Burne-Jones, used Broadway Tower on top of the Cotswold escarpment overlooking the village and our grounds on West End, as a summer retreat.

Morris began publishing poetry and short stories in 1856 and his poem ‘Love is enough’ (published in 1872) is a romantic poem for Valentine’s Day:

Love is enough: though the World be a-waning,
And the woods have no voice but the voice of complaining,
Though the sky be too dark for dim eyes to discover
The gold-cups and daisies fair blooming thereunder,
Though the hills be held shadows, and the sea a dark wonder,
And this day draw a veil over all deeds pass’d over,
Yet their hands shall not tremble, their feet shall not falter;
The void shall not weary, the fear shall not alter
These lips and these eyes of the loved and the lover.

Talk on the Broadway Archaeological Dig, West End Monday 18th February 2019

Broadway Archaeological Dig at West End, Broadway, Worcestershire Archaeologists at work, Broadway Archaeological Dig, West End, Broadway

On Monday 18th February 2019, Broadway History Society will be hosting an illustrated talk on the Broadway Archaeological Dig, West End, Broadway. Prior to the work that took place to build a flood defence, archaeologists from Worcestershire Archive and Archaeology Service excavated, the site, a neighbouring field, along West End, Broadway.

During the dig, the archaeologists found evidence of some of Broadway’s earliest known residents: Mesolithic hunter-gathers who lived on the site along Bunchers Brook around 10,000 years ago and some intriguing Bronze Age finds dating back over 4000 years.

The dig proved to much more important than expected and the main focus of the excavations was a complex Iron Age and Roman settlement with some fantastic rare Saxon and Roman finds and an ancient burial site. Medieval remains were also found that predate the foundation of a planned town at Broadway in the late 12th or early 13th century, which later shrank in size to become the historic centre of the village we know today.

Robin Jackson from Worcestershire’s Archaeology Service will be giving an illustrated talk on the dig and the wonderful finds at the Lifford Hall, Lower Green, Broadway, starting at 7pm (doors open at 6.30pm). The talk is free to members of Broadway History Society, non-member £3.

Book Direct with us in February for Discounted Rates on our Cotswold Holiday Cottages

For the Best Price and Experience #BookDirect

Booking direct with Broadway Manor Cottages is best. It gives our guests a better experience, the most flexibility and our best price is guaranteed. If you book with us directly, we can communicate with you personally about your cottage and stay rather than through a third party online booking or travel agent. Most importantly there are no hidden fees or extras such as booking commission when you book direct.

Our Book Direct Offer 2019: During February 2019, all bookings for 7 nights or more booked between 1st February and 30th August 2019 (except Easter week and Cheltenham Festival week in March) and made directly with us will receive a 10% discount off the advertised price on our website.

Direct is Best: To obtain the best discounted rate when you contact us to make a new booking in one of our Cotswold holiday cottages in the beautiful village of Broadway in the Cotswolds Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, please quote #BookDirect (see below).

Please note:
This offer only applies to new confirmed bookings made during February 2019 quoting #BookDirect at the time of booking or reservation of your chosen cottage and cannot be added to a booking at a later date. All discounted bookings need to be secured with a deposit by 28th February 2019 for the discount to apply.

Book Direct with Broadway Manor Cottages

Debbie Williamson
Broadway Manor Cottages

2018 Guest Review Award for Rafters at The Manor House

We are delighted to announce that our holiday apartment, Rafters (sleeps 2) at The Manor House, has won a a 2018 Guest Review Award from Booking.com for maintaining our high standards for another year.

Rafters at The Manor House, Broadway Manor Cottages, Winner Guest Review Awards 2018 Booking.com
Rafters (sleeps 2) at The Manor House, Broadway
Rafters at The Manor House, Broadway Manor Cottages, Winner of a 2018 Guest Review Award from Booking.com
Rafters (sleeps 2) at The Manor House, Broadway

We are very proud of our 9.6 rating and thank our guests who stayed with us in 2018 and left a review of their stay and we hope that you will return to stay with us again soon. We look forward to welcoming our returning guests and all our new guests to stay with us in 2019.

For more information and photos of Rafters click here. To book Rafters for a short break or longer please contact us either by email or telephone 01386 852913.

Debbie and Ross Williamson

Broadway Manor Cottages
21st January 2018

Sporting Activities to Enjoy in Broadway whilst Staying in our Cotswold Holiday Cottages

Many of our guests come to Broadway to enjoy walks along the miles of footpaths in the area but others enjoy either spectating or participating in other sporting activities during their stay.

The village has a very fine bowling green at the end of Kennel Lane and a flourishing cricket club on the Snowshill Road near St Eadburgha’s Church, where spectators are welcome to watch some entertaining cricket and enjoy a drink whilst taking in one of the most beautiful places to play cricket in the UK.

Broadway Golf Club has a links style 18 hole course uniquely located 850ft above sea level on top of the Cotswold escarpment. Located at Willersey Hill above the village, the course has exceptional views over the Vale of Evesham and provides a challenge for golfers of all abilities and welcomes non-members.

Teams representing Broadway United Football Club play in the Cheltenham League and Ambassador Evesham Football League. The clubhouse on the Milestone Ground is the only venue in the village that offers Sky Sports, showing most live sporting events. The club also has a darts team and runs various social events throughout the year to which all are welcome.

One of the best ways to enjoy the beautiful Cotswolds hills and wolds is on horseback. There are many riding centres in the area which cater for both the experienced rider and beginner. Broadway is home to the North Cotswold Hunt with kennels in the centre of the village along Kennel Lane. The Hunt organises a Point-to-Point, usually held on Easter Monday, at the nearby village of Paxford. The meet provides an excellent day’s entertainment for the whole family with good views of the racecourse, betting facilities, picnic spaces, trade stands, bars, food stalls, hospitality and children’s amusements.

Fishing or angling is one of the most popular pastimes in the Cotswolds especially in the nearby River Avon. The limestone riverbeds provide an ideal environment for traditional fly-fishing for brown trout or the silver-purple grayling and the local lakes are well stocked with chubb, roach, pike and carp.

A holiday in Broadway is a great opportunity to enjoy the surrounding beautiful landscape through walks or by participating in or just watching some of the many sporting activities that take place in the Cotswolds.

For further information about our Cotswold holiday cottages in Broadway visit www.broadwaymanor.co.uk.

Late Night Christmas Shopping in Broadway

Christmas Shopping Broadway

Christmas Shopping Evenings: Friday 30th November and
Friday 7th December 2018, 5.30-8.30pm.

This year Broadway is hosting two late night Christmas Shopping Evenings on Friday 30th November and Friday 7th December. Enjoy an evening of Christmas shopping under twinkling Christmas lights in the beautiful Cotswold village of Broadway. A perfect opportunity to start feeling festive and buy some presents for loved ones.

The evenings are popular event in the Cotswolds’ calendar. Festive crowds of Christmas shoppers gather in the village over two consecutive Fridays soaking up the seasonal atmosphere and entertainment. The shops and galleries lining the High Street stay open after 5.30pm until 8.30pm.

Each evening is full of Christmas cheer and festivities with street entertainers, pony sleigh rides, live music and lots of spirited seasonal shoppers. Be sure to look out for Santa and shops offering free mince pies and mulled wine! It’s a great opportunity to enjoy an evening shopping in some lovely independent shops in the Cotswolds. There are plenty of eateries too – from pubs and cafes to award winning restaurants. Something for everyone!

Why not book a cottage for the weekend and stay in a cosy Cotswold cottage in the grounds of a Cotswold Manor House just a few minutes’ walk from the festivities? To book your cottage or to find out more please call 01386 852913 or send us an email.

Christmas Shopping Broadway
Late Night Christmas Shopping in Broadway