A Drive around the North Cotswolds

A Drive around the North Cotswolds From West End, Broadway

A suggested route for a drive around the North Cotswolds from our holiday cottages in West End taking in Chipping Campden, Stow-on-the-Wold, Bourton-on-the-Water, the Slaughters and Winchcombe with some suggested places to visit on the way.

  1. Starting at The Manor House, West End, turn left and head along West End Lane past Pye Corner Farm on your left to the junction. Turn right onto Snowshill Road past St Eadburgha’s Church and on up the hill.
  2. Towards the top of the hill, on the right, you will find Snowshill Manor and Gardens, a National Trust property. If you want to take a walk around the village of Snowshill, a pretty village where most of the Cotswold stone cottages are hundreds of years old, there is a car park a little further on, on the right past just past the entrance to Snowshill Manor.
  3. Continuing through the village along the road down the hill, you will find the Snowshill Arms pub on the right and the Victorian Saint Barnabas Church on the left. Past the pub, take the road on the left keeping the church and war memorial on your left.
  4. At the crossroads, go straight across then bear left at the signpost for Cotswold Lavender (open June to August). Continue along this road, turning left at the next 2 junctions towards Broadway Tower. You will find the entrance to the car park at Broadway Tower on the bend as the Tower comes into view.
  5. Broadway Tower is the second highest spot in the Cotswolds. Walk the short distance to the Tower and admire the wonderful views of the village of Broadway, the Vale of Evesham, and on a clear day as far as the Welsh mountains.
  6. Leaving the Tower, turn left out of the car park towards the A44. At the crossroads, turn right and continue to the next crossroads, turn left to Chipping Campden. This road brings you to a T-junction where you turn right into the centre of the town. The visitor information centre is on the right, opposite the 400 year old Market Hall. You may be able to park in the Market Square, if not there is parking available at the school on Mill Lane.
  7. Chipping Campden was a centre for the Arts and Crafts movement in the early 20th century, and the Court Barn Museum on Church Street, celebrates the story of craft and design in the town and the surrounding area.
  8. To leave Chipping Campden, continue along the High Street and turn right onto the B4035. Stay on the one-way system, bearing right past St James’s Church and the Court Barn Museum, before returning to the High Street, where you turn left.
  9. Proceed back along the High Street and turn left into Sheep Street, which is the road you travelled along on entering the town. At the right-hand bend, turn left, signposted Broad Campden.
  10. Continue through the pretty little village of Broad Campden with its many thatched cottages. Look out for the right turn, signposted Blockley and Morton-in-Marsh. Take the turning towards here Blockley.
  11. Blockley was a centre of silk manufacturing in the 18th/19th century. Today it is used as a location for the BBC TV series ‘Father Brown’. Coming into the village centre by the Bowling Green you will find a shop and café and, alongside The Church of St Peter and St Paul.
  12. Leaving Blockley go back up the hill and turn the right take the right-hand turn. At the crossroads, turn right. Continue to a T-junction and continue left onto the A44, signposted Oxford.
  13. After passing through Bourton on the Hill, you will pass Bourton House Garden on the right (parking on the left). At the bottom of the hill, on the left, is the entrance to Batsford Arboretum and Cotswold Falconry Centre, and on the right the entrance to Sezincote House, an Indian inspired house set in magnificent gardens.
  14. Continuing along the A44, you come into Moreton-in-Marsh. If you wish to stop here, turn left at the mini roundabout for parking (not a Tuesday as the market is held here). Otherwise, at the mini roundabout turn right onto the A49 (Fosse Way) for Stow-on-the-Wold.
  15. On entering Stow-on-the-Wold, go straight on at the first two sets of traffic lights and at the next lights, turn left into Sheep Street and turn down to the car park. Park here and walk up into the town centre. There is a useful town map and information board as you walk out of the car park.
  16. You leave Stow by turning left out of the car park and going back up Sheep Street to the traffic lights, where you turn left back onto the a A49 towards Bourton-on-the-Water.
  17. Continue along the A49 until you see the brown sign for Bourton-on-the-Water (about 3 miles), and turn left at the traffic lights here. After about half a mile you will find a car park behind the petrol station on the right. There is an alleyway which will take you the short walk into the town.
  18. Picturesque Bourton-on-the-Water on the River Windrush is known as the Little Venice of the Cotswolds. There are a number of things to see and do and at least a couple of hours can be spent here.
  19. To leave Bourton-on-the-Water turn left out of the car park, returning to the A49 and turn right back towards Stow. Look for the left turn (B4068) to The Slaughters, just after the petrol station. You will pass through Lower Swell on the way to Upper and Lower Slaughter, both popular with artists. Lower Slaughter sits beside the little River Eye and is known for its unspoiled limestone cottages in the traditional Cotswolds style. Parking is limited, but if you can, park the car and have a stroll to the Old Mill where there is a small museum, shop and tearoom. From Lower Slaughter take the turn left turn for Upper Slaughter.
  20. As you approach Upper Slaughter you come to a left turn just before the village sign. Take this left turn, which is signposted Guiting Power and Winchcombe. If you wish to visit Upper Slaughter, continue past this turning and turn right into the village. Again, parking is very limited but if you can find a space, stop and take a walk around. Then go back to the road and take the turning for Guiting Power and Winchcombe.
  21. Follow the signs for Guiting Power, the route is well signposted.
  22. Passing through Guiting Power (we recommend The Hollow Bottom pub for lunch/dinner), you stay on this road to Winchcombe (approximately 4.5 miles).
  23. Coming down into Winchcombe there is a sign for Sudeley Hill Farm and the farm shop, and a little way after this you will see Sudeley Castle gate on the left and a right turn opposite. Take this right turn.
  24. If you don’t want to stop in Winchcombe please go to 26 below. At the T-junction at the end of the road turn left into the town. Drive up the hill and turn right down North Street, and at the crossroads turn left. You will find the car park on the left behind the library. You can walk through to the centre from here.
  25. In Winchcombe you can visit Sudeley Castle, once the home of Catherine Parr, Henry VIII’s last wife, who is buried here. There are exhibitions in the castle covering its history, and the castle is a surrounded by award-winning gardens. You may need to return on another day to make the most of a visit here. To leave Winchcombe turn right out of the car park, right up north Street and then left at the T-junction onto the B4632.
  26. If you don’t want to visit Winchcombe turn right at the T-junction onto the B4632.
  27. Continue along the B4632 passing under the railway bridge and just up the turning on the left you will find Winchcombe Pottery. A little further along the B4632 is the right-hand turning for Hailes Abbey. The ruins of Hailes Abbey (which was founded in 1246) are owned by English Heritage and are open April to October.
  28. Returning to the B4632, continue to Toddington roundabout and turn right. You will pass Toddington Station GWSR Heritage Railway on the right. At the crossroads, turn left for Stanway. Down the hill you see the impressive gatehouse of Stanway House. The house is open Tuesday and Thursday afternoons, June through to August and is well worth a visit. Stanway Fountain is the tallest gravity Fountain in the world.
  29. At the end of this road at the T-junction turn right to drive through the picturesque village of Stanton.
  30. The road will bring you back to the B4632 where you turn right to return to Broadway and just before the village the right-hand turn into West End.
West End, Broadway, in the Cotswolds AONB
West End, Broadway, in the Cotswolds AONB

Broadway Ferrari Day – 23rd May 2021

Broadway Ferrari Day: On Sunday 23rd May 2021, Broadway will host its popular Ferrari Day in the village. A great day out for all the family is planned. Members of the Cotswold area group of the Ferrari Owners Club, and their wonderful cars, will meet in the village and from 10am will parade along the High Street before parking alongside the village green.

Our Cotswold holiday cottages re-open to guests from 12th April, and from 17th May the restaurants, pubs, coffee shops and tea rooms in the village will be open with indoor dining (subject to the rule of 6 or 2 households, and any other changes to the Government’s guidance on Covid-19).

Broadway’s Ferrari Day is a date for your 2021 diary! An event not to be missed for supercar, and especially Ferrari, enthusiasts.

CORONAVIRUS: Can I Cancel my 2021 Cottage Booking and Apply for a Refund?

We understand that there is a lot of uncertainty at present regarding booking a holiday. The situation regarding coronavirus (COVID 19) changes daily and we will always follow the latest regulations. We are currently taking 2021 bookings in our cottages from 7th May onwards but this may be subject to change if the lockdown is extended beyond the 30th April 2021.

All bookings made for stays in our cottages from Friday 7th May 2021 will be subject to the following additional terms and conditions which are incorporated in our standard Booking Terms and Conditions from 1st February 2021:

Refunds, Cancellation or Postponement of your Booking:

Please note that a full refund of your booking will only be issued if there is a lockdown or tier restriction in place that prevents you, the guest, from travelling and staying in the cottage and we have been unable to agree a revised date for your holiday (see below).

If you are unwilling to travel or cannot travel to stay in the cottage due to self-isolation, illness, etc., we will try to re-let the cottage for the period of the booking. In such cases your deposit is non-refundable under any circumstances, and if the cottage is not re-let, you are still liable to pay the booking in full, even if the balance of the rental has not been paid to us. If the cottage is re-let all the monies paid will be refunded less your deposit and an administration fee of £30.

If you cannot take up your cottage booking because of a lockdown or tier restriction, we will work with you in the first instance to rearrange the date of your holiday (within 12 months of the start date of your original booking). If a revised a date is agreed and the rental of your revised booking is greater, then the difference in the rental will be required to be paid at the time of rearranging the booking. If new dates cannot be agreed, we will offer you a refund less our standard administration fee of £30 (per cottage).

We recommend that all of our guests take out travel insurance with Covid cover1 so that they are covered should they have to cancel because they are required to self-isolate (this does include self-isolation without testing positive).

If you wish to cancel or amend your booking please see Our Booking Terms and Conditions for further information and advise us, as soon as possible, in writing.

If you have any questions please don’t hesitate to contact us.

Broadway Manor Cottages
10th February 2021

Notes:

  1. Travel (or holiday) insurance with cover for Covid is available from several insurers. Cover is available to include cancellation for a number of coronavirus-related circumstances and some insurers will also provide cover for cancellation due to changes in lockdown circumstances.

William Sheldon, The Manor House, Broadway, and the English Civil War

Broadway and William Sheldon, Lord of the Manor, played a small but interesting part in the English Civil War which raged from 1642 to 1651. Both King Charles I and Oliver Cromwell (who led the Roundheads, the Parliament of England’s armies), stayed in the village during the war, albeit not at the same time. At one such visit during the Civil War, Charles met with Broadway’s local landowner William Sheldon who at the time owned the land where the present Manor House and our holiday cottages are situated.

Sheldon Shield, Broadway
Sheldon Shield at The Manor House, Broadway

The following article about Charles’ visits to Broadway and his meeting with William Sheldon was written by Chris Mowbray:

King Charles paid his first visit to Broadway in June 1644 when he rode through to Worcester to secure the Royalist garrison. Having completed this task, he went back through Broadway en route to his base at Oxford and spent the night at the home of Mr Savage, a Royalist supporter.

The following May, he again passed through Broadway and stopped for the night. It is interesting to note that rather than stay in a private house this time, he put up at the Lygon Arms, then a more modest inn called the Whyte Harte. It was here that he met William Sheldon, the Lord of the Manor.

The founder of Wiliam Sheldon’s wealth was his great-uncle, Ralph Sheldon, a tenant farmer of the monks of Pershore who owned the parish of Broadway for more than 500 years. A History of the County of Worcestershire published in 1924 quotes earlier sources which reveal that there was a bitter quarrel in 1533 between the Abbot and his tenants over land tenure and taxes. Several inhabitants of Broadway accused the Abbot of disregarding their common grazing rights and Ralph Sheldon seems to have been the ringleader. Just three years later came Henry VIII’s Dissolution of the Monastries and England’s break with the Roman Catholic Church and , in the ensuing melée, Ralph Sheldon became first the lessee and later the owner of extensive church lands which included ‘fisheries, fowling, warrens and woods’.

The meeting between King Charles [although nominally head of the Church of England, it is well known that he had Catholic sympathies] and William Sheldon was probably difficult. The former must have been fearful that he was dealing with an anti-Catholic and a closet Parliamentarian who might turn Broadway against him, while the latter feared being denounced as a traitor.

But would the capture of Broadway by the Roundheads really have made one jot of difference to the Royalist cause? The answer is yes because, small though it was, it was the gateway to the shire and therefore to Worcester which at the time was an important inland port with a tidal river giving navigable access to the sea. Broadway straddled the old pack-horse route from Worcester to London at a point where it soared from the floor of the Severn Plain over 1,000ft onto the Cotswolds. Such a taxing climb or decent needed fresh horses so there was a thriving trade in overnight accommodation. Whoever controlled Broadway would also control which armies could reach Worcester from Oxford and London.

Charles’ caution with William Sheldon counted for nothing. The introduction of Cromwell’s New Model Army in the same year led ultimately to the defeat of the Royalists and in January 1649 the King [Charles I] was beheaded in Whitehall. The Royalist faltered on for two years longer until the defeat of Charles II at the Battle of Worcester on 3 September 1651 and his flight into exile.

Cromwell spend the night before the battle at the Whyte Harte [Lygon Arms] in Broadway where Charles I had interviewed William Sheldon six years before, and was quartered on the first floor of the east wing. However, his taste of ultimate power was relatively brief because he died in 1658 and the Monarchy was restored in 1660.

William Sheldon continued to hold the Manor until his death in 1680 when his lands passed to his daughters and the family name died out. The Manor House was reconstructed in the early 1980s and is now the centre of Broadway Manor Cottages, a holiday cottage business attracting visitors from all over the world.

Worcestershire Life, September 2008

Broadway Manor Cottages, Cotswold holiday cottages in Broadway in the Cotswolds AONB, Worcestershire
The Manor House, Broadway

Our Medieval Fishpond

A Medieval Fishpond in Broadway

In our grounds is a medieval fishpond. The rectangular pond has a traditional puddle clay lining and is fed by a nearby source of spring water from the Cotswold escarpment. Overflow water from the fishpond flows via a smaller pond in to Bunchers Brook, the stream at the bottom of our grounds. Further downstream, Bunchers Brook joins the River Avon at Evesham.

The tradition of constructing and using fishponds in England began during the medieval period. At that time our grounds, and surrounding fields along West End, were owned by Pershore Abbey. The Abbey was a wealthy landowner owning many farms and hundred of acres across the Vale of Evesham. In 1320, nearby Abbots Grange was built as the summer residence for the Abbot. The fishpond in our grounds would have been used for breeding and storing fish for the Abbot’s kitchen and is likely to have been stocked with tench, bream, perch or roach. Neighbouring fields were also once cultivated by medieval ridge and furrow to provide food for the monastic grange. The remains of the features associated with ridge and furrow cultivation can still be seen in the surrounding fields today.

1933: A Fire Fighting Display at the Fishpond

Over the years the fishpond has served as a water source for the surrounding farmland. In 1933, when the Manor and farm was owned by Austin R. Williams, a demonstration of Broadway’s new fire fighting equipment was held with the fishpond providing a source of water for the demonstration. Earlier that year Broadway Fire Brigade had become part of a new fire authority which was set up jointly by the Evesham and the Pershore Rural District Councils. The joint brigade was formed following concerns about the poor standard of fire protection in the village and surrounding area. Despite many subsequent changes in the Fire Service, Broadway still has its own fire station located on Keytes Lane off the High Street.

The Fishpond today: A Sustainable Habitat

Today sheep and horses graze the fields surrounding our holiday cottages and the fishpond provides a tranquil spot for our guests to enjoy. The pond is a natural environment and provides a sustainable habitat for our pet Indian runner ducks, wild ducks, coots and moorhens. The relatively still waters of the pond are also a great breeding ground in the spring for frogs and toads. We have tried to reintroduce fish to the pond but a predatory Grey heron is a frequent visitor and can often be seen perched stock-still on the banks of the pond waiting to strike.

Debbie Williamson
Broadway Manor Cottages

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Broadway Manor Cottages, Cotswold holiday cottages in Broadway in the Cotswolds AONB, Worcestershire
Broadway Manor Cottages, Cotswold holiday cottages at The Manor House, Broadway

Book Direct and get the Best Price

Book Direct with us and get the best price on your rental of your chosen Cotswold holiday cottage at The Manor House, Broadway. We guarantee you will get the best publicly available price on our website or through contacting us by email or telephone.

We offer short breaks (minimum stay 2 nights) and weekly stays, or longer, all year round in our Cotswold holiday cottages: Willow Cottage (sleeps 4), Corner Cottage (sleeps 4), The Stables (sleeps 3), Sheldon Cottage (sleeps 2) and Rafters (sleeps 2). Free Wi-Fi and parking and no hidden extras. All located in grounds on several acres just a few minutes’ walk from the centre of the village of Broadway ‘Jewel of the Cotswolds’.

Book Direct Online or Contact Us

For more information about our holiday cottages, contact us. From 2020 all of cottages can be booked online via our website www.broadwaymanor.co.uk, or by sending us an email, or telephoning 01386 852913 or 07779 604527.

Book Direct and get the best price guaranteed!

Debbie Williamson
Broadway Manor Cottages

Cycle Hire in and around Broadway

There are various options for cycle hire, including E-bikes, to explore the villages and towns in the Cotswolds Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Popular cycling routes include Broadway, Snowshill, Bourton-on-the-Water, Stow-on-the-Wold, or the less undulating Vale of Evesham with its many cycle routes. A popular cycle path is The Stratford Greenway, a 5.3 mile route on the National Cycle Network, connecting Stratford-upon-Avon with Long Marston in nearby Warwickshire.

If hiring bicycles or bringing your own bicycles with you during your stay in one of our Cotswold holiday cottages, we have a secure lockable Cycle Store on site for your bikes and equipment.

Bicycle Hire Shops in the Cotswolds

TY Cycles in Chipping Norton is the best bet for cycle hire for a few days. Road, hybrid and E-bikes can be rented and they will deliver and pick up the bikes from your cottage – they can’t always deliver straight away so it’s best to give them a couple of days’ notice. Delivery, helmets, locks, etc are all included in the hire price. The address for TY Cycles is: Unit 11, Worcester Road Trading Park, Chipping Norton OX7 5XW, their website is www.tycycles.co.uk and they can be contacted on tel. 01608 2381504 or 07850 361146.

E-Bikes available to hire in Broadway

E-bikes can be hired locally by the hour or for the day from either the Tower Barn at Broadway Tower (tel. 01386 572284) or Willersey Stores, Main Street, Willersey WR12 7PJ (tel. Mark Jepson on 01386 853489/07895 028448). Packed lunches and refreshments are also available for an additional cost.

If visiting Bourton-on-the-Water bicycles can be hired from Hartwells Cycle Store, High Street, Bourton-on-the-Water GL54 2AJ (tel. 01451 820405 or visit www.hartwellscotswoldcyclehire.co.uk.

Far Peak Cycle Hire, Northleach (tel. 01285 700370, email cycling@farpeak.co.uk) – a huge range of Hybrid, Mountain, Electric and kids bikes.

Other Cycle Hire Locations

Bicycles can also be hired from:

Stratford Bike Hire (for a ride along The Greenway), Seven Meadows Road, Old Town, Stratford-upon-Avon CV37 6GR. Tel. 07711 776340.

Pedalabikeaway in the Forest of Dean, Cannop Valley, New Road, Coleford GL16 7EH. Tel. 01594 860065, www.pedalabikeaway.co.uk.

Bike Box Hire

If you have a bicycle and would like to hire a bike box to transport your bike look no further than Cotswold Bike Box Hire at The Manor House, Broadway. Cotswold Bike Box Hire rent out Trico Sports Bike Boxes from £5 per day. See www.cotswoldbikeboxhire.co.uk for more information.

Debbie Williamson
Broadway Manor Cottages

Life in Broadway is an Amble from One Day to Another: Broadway Today and in 1962

This wonderful British Pathé film of Broadway, Worcestershire, was in the summer of 1962. Life may be busier in Broadway today but not much has changed in the picturesque North Cotswold village. Broadway’s High Street is still lined with grass verges and majestic horse-chestnut trees still stand tall alongside the wide ‘broad way’ running through the centre of the village. The village with its range of hotels, shops, galleries, restaurants and tea rooms, has retained its wonderful historic character. Old buildings line the High Street, a mixture of period houses and picturesque Cotswold stone cottages. Many of the buildings date back hundreds of years and have retained their original character.

As in the summer of 1962, Broadway looks its best when the sun lights up the honey-coloured limestone buildings but the village is an all year-round destination. During the first weekend in September, as autumn approaches, the village hosts its annual Horticultural & Craft Show and award-winning Food Festival with stalls selling local produce on the village green. From mid-November to January the horse-chestnut trees and the large domed topiary yews outside the Broadway Hotel, twinkle with hundreds of white lights giving the village a magical atmosphere over the Christmas period and during the Late Night Christmas Shopping Evenings at the end of November and beginning of December. Broadway is a great place to visit whatever the time of year.

Broadway is an ideal place to visit and spend a day or more ambling along the High Street with its wide range of independent shops, art galleries, restaurants, tea and coffee shops.

If you are looking to stay in Broadway we have a range of fully-equipped holiday cottages in the grounds of the 16th century Manor House located on West End just a few minutes’ walk from the centre of the village. For further information about our Cotswold holiday cottages (short breaks available) visit: www.broadwaymanor.co.uk.

Debbie Williamson
Broadway Manor Cottages
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Award Winning Broadway Food Festival – Sunday 15th September 2019

The Broadway Food Festival returns to the village on Sunday 15th September 2019. The Festival won this year’s Cotswold Life Food & Drink Award for the Best Local Food & Drink Initiative in the Cotswolds 2019, a well deserved accolade.

This September,from 10am to 4pm, the Festival’s marquee on the village green will be packed with over 35 stalls. The Festival is a great opportunity to meet the local Cotswold and Worcestershire people who grow and create the top quality food and drink within 30 miles of the village that can be found, all year round, in the village’s shops and restaurants and cafés.

The 2019 Broadway Food Festival stallholders include: bakers, bee keepers selling local Cotswold honey, brewers, cheese makers, confectioners, curers, distillers, farmers, food oil producers, fruit and vegetable growers, pie makers, vintners, and many many more. The food stands on the green outside the marquee include: ice creams, salt beef bagels, Indian street food, a pig roast, coffees and teas, crêpes, pan-Asian vegetarian street food, Longhorn burgers, Caribbean curries, mini Dutch pancakes, cocktails, real ales and more! There will also be cooking demonstrations by local chefs including Ales Maurer, the Head Chef at the Lygon Arms Hotel.

Discover the best of local food and drink in the Cotswolds here in Broadway, Worcestershire, this September. Admission is free at this not to be missed event. A great day out for all the family!

If you are planning to visit the 2019 Broadway Food Festival and are looking to stay in the village over the weekend, we have short break availability in our award winning holiday cottages at The Manor House, Broadway. Our cottages sleep from 2 – 4 guests and are just a few minutes’ walk from the village green. Contact us for our latest rates and availability.

Debbie Williamson
Broadway Manor Cottages

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