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

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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’.

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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.

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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

Bibury: Spend a Few Hours in one of the Cotswolds’ Prettiest Villages

The Cotswold Village of Bibury:

Whilst staying on one of our Cotswold Holiday Cottages in Broadway, one of the Cotswold villages we recommend visiting is the pretty picture-postcard village of Bibury.

Bibury, once described by William Morris as the ‘most beautiful village in England’ is about a 5o minutes’s drive from our holiday cottages in West End. During the drive across some of the most beautiful Cotswolds countryside, the landscape changes from rolling hills and ridge and furrow fields inhabited by sheep, to expansive fields of arable crops but the dry-stone walls boundaries of the honey-coloured Cotswold stone are still a wonderful feature.

On arriving in Bibury you will find free on-street parking along the banks of the River Coln, a tributary of the River Thames, that meanders through the village. From there you can wander across the rustic bridge over the river with its clear waters, swans,  Brown Trout and dragonflies, to Arlington Row.

Arlington Row:

Owned by the National Trust, is a row of idyllic Cotswold stone cottages. The cottages were once a 14th century monastic wool store later converted in the 17th century to weavers’ cottages. Arlington Row is one of England’s most iconic and photographed places – it even appears on the inside cover of UK passports! From there wander up Awkward Hill (a short climb) and down along Hawkers Hill back round to the main street. Alternatively take the footpath across Rack Isle, a boggy water meadow also owned by the National Trust. Rack Isle is an important habitat for a wide variety of wildlife and in late summer a small herd of Belted Galloway cattle (one of our favourites) graze the land.

Places to Visit and to Eat in Bibury:

In the centre of the village you will find Bibury Trout Farm, Arlington Mill (now a private dwelling), the Church of St Mary, tea rooms, restaurants and pubs serving food (our favourite is the 15th century Catherine Wheel Pub). The gardens at Awkward Hill Cottage are open by arrangement under the National Garden Scheme between July and September. The owner of the cottage, Victoria Summerley, is an award winning garden journalist and author of ‘Secret Gardens of the Cotswolds’ and ‘Great Gardens of London’.

We hope you enjoy your visit!

Broadway Manor Cottages

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Broadway Italian Day with the Ferrari Owners’ Club: Saturday 6th May 2018

This Bank Holiday Sunday 6th May 2018 a little bit of Italy will return to Broadway when the High Street will once again be lined with bright red super cars (and a few yellow, white and blue ones too) when the Ferrari Owners’ Club comes to the Cotswolds.

A fantastic event which has been hugely popular in recent years the cars will arrive in convoy and will be on show along the village green and High Street between 10.30am and 3pm. Look out for some Ducatti motorbikes too!

The 2019 Broadway Car Show featuring vintage, classic and supercars will take place on 13th and 14th July 2019 click here for more information.

Spend Easter in the Cotswolds at Rafters, Broadway

Are you looking to spend Easter Weekend in the Cotswolds?

Look no further than our award-winning, romantic one bedroomed apartment Rafters (sleeps 2) at The Manor House, West End. Rafters is available this Easter 2018 for a short break in the beautiful Cotswold village Broadway or stay longer and enjoy all that the Cotswolds Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and the villages and towns of the Cotswolds have to offer.

Rafters at The Manor House, Broadway
Rafters at The Manor House, Broadway, available this Easter

Fully self-contained on the first floor of a Cotswold Manor House that dates back to the 16th century, Rafters is an ideal base for a weekend away in Broadway. Rafters sleeps 2 in a double bedroom with en-suite bathroom (bath with over-bath power shower), fully equipped kitchen area with electric fan oven, hob, microwave and fridge and a spacious open plan vaulted sitting/dining room with original oak beams and views across the surrounding grounds towards Broadway Tower high above Broadway. Rafters is warm and welcoming with its own gas central heating, free WiFI and parking.

Rafters is ideal for a relaxing break away. Guests are invited to enjoy the surrounding grounds of several acres during their stay. A footpath leads from the bottom of the grounds across the brook to the centre of the village of Broadway with its wide range of independent shops, excellent restaurants, pubs and galleries. Rafters is also an ideal base for those who enjoy walking: The Cotswold Way National Trail crosses the neighbouring field and there are a number of footpaths in the area to explore the beautiful surrounding countryside.

Rafters is available over Easter 2018 for a 3 night minimum stay at the rate of £375 inclusive of all bedding, linen, electricity and gas or £500 for 7 nights . Mention this blog post and receive a 10% discount. For more information or make a booking contact us by email or telephone 01386 852913.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Worcestershire Life Interview: My Favourite Work of Art

My Favourite Work of Art: Galloway Landscape by Barbara Williams

In 2010 I was interviewed by Worcestershire Life for an article in the run up to the inaugural Broadway Arts Festival titled ‘My Favourite Work of Art. My favourite piece of art is a painting I own by Barbara Williams of the Galloway landscape.  The following article:

Debbie and her family moved to Broadway from Hertfordshire in 2006 and run Broadway Manor Cottages holiday cottages and apartment from their 16th century home on the outskirts of the village.

“We used to go up to Kirkcudbright in Galloway, South West Scotland a lot on holiday as my husband is a Scot and he’s been going there since he was about 10 years old. Kirkcudbright also has its own colony of artists and I bought this painting to remind me of Dumfries and Galloway and holidays with the children as they were growing up. I just love the open rolling hills and acres of sky and in a way the stone walls and the rolling hills are similar to here. My two boys also love the Belted Galloway cattle, as shown in the painting. There are a herd of them up on the hillside here in Broadway, so when we moved here and walked up the hill and saw them it was wonderful.”

This summer sees the 5th Broadway Arts Festival which will take place in the village from 8th to 17th June 2018.

For more information about our Cotswold holiday cottages and apartment at The Manor House, Broadway, click here.

 

Cotswolds AONB Hare Trail 2018

Cotswolds AONB Hare Trail
22nd May to 9th September 2018

Cotswold Hare Lygon Arms Broadway
‘Charles the First Hare to the Throne’ by Neil Helyard outside The Lygon Arms Hotel, Broadway, in 2017

Following a successful 2017 Cotswold Hare Trail which extended across the Cotswolds from Bristol to Broadway and Cheltenham to Woodstock with 80 large 5ft hares and 22 leverets on display, the 2018 Cotswolds AONB Hare Trail returns to the Cotswolds from 22nd May to 9th September.

The Trail, a premier public art trail across the Cotswolds, was set up in 2013 with the first Cirencester March Hare Festival taking place in 2014 celebrating Cirencester’s links with the famous Roman Hare Mosaic in the Corundum Museum.

Cotswold Hare Trail Broadway 2017
‘Mr Hedge-Springer’ by Sam Wilson on display in Cotswold Trading, High Street, Broadway, in 2017

The 2018  Trail is partnered with the Cotswolds Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) and the Trail will branch out as far as Stratford-Upon-Avon to the Forest of Dean. The extended Trail will give many more the opportunity to marvel at the hares along a variety of routes designed for those travelling on foot, by car, on public transport or by bicycle.

Various artists are involved in decorating the hares, artists Neil Helyard and Sam Wilson painted two of the hares on display last year in Broadway and this year local Broadway artist, Doug Eyre, will be painting ‘Harvest Hare’ and one of the leverets (further details to follow).

The Trail is an exciting way to visit different parts of the Cotswolds and fun for the family. At the end of the September the hares will be sold by auction with the money raised going to support the Cotswolds Visitor Giving Scheme and Glorious Cotswold Grasslands.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cotswold Holiday Cottages with WiFi

Cotswold Holiday Cottages with WiFi

Cotswold holiday cottages with WiFiWe are pleased to announce that all of our Cotswold holiday cottages in Broadway including The Stables, our Cotswold holiday cottage on West End, Broadway, have free WiFi access.

If you want to keep in touch with work or the latest news, one of our self-catering holiday cottages with free WiFi access is a must. Bring your laptop or phone and when you arrive you will find a code for the WiFi listed in your information folder in your cottage, simply type in the code and get online.

The WiFi signal in our cottages is strong enough for you to take your laptop, ipad or phone into the garden, put your feet up and look for local events and attractions.  Why not Skype or FaceTime your family and friends and show them around your beautiful Cotswolds holiday home?

For more information about rates and availability in The Stables and our other Cotswold holiday cottages with WiFi in Broadway click here.

What’s On in The Cotswolds 2018

What’s On in The Cotswolds 2018