Broadway and The Cotswolds

Broadway and The Cotwolds

The Cotswolds cover an area of 790 square miles in the upper part of southwest England and is the country's largest officially designated 'Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty'. Popular with both British and international visitors from all over the world, the area is famous for its rolling hills, gentle river valleys, water meadows & picturesque limestone villages & market towns. It is quintessentially English, where time seems to have stood still for over 300 years.

Throughout the Cotswolds stone features in buildings and stone walls act as a common thread seamlessly blending the historic towns & villages with their surrounding landscape. Broadway Golf Club is situated between Broadway Village and Chipping Campden, two of the most beautiful towns in the Cotswolds, and also close to Snowshill, Stanton, and Shakespear's Stratford upon Avon.

Broadway

The village of Broadway is often referred to as the 'Jewel of the Cotswolds' and the 'Show Village of England' because of its sheer beauty. The 'broad way' leads from the foot of the Cotswold escarpement with a wide grass-fringed street lined with ancient honey coloured limestone buildings dating back to the 16th century. It is one of the longest High Streets in England.

Chipping Campden

Chipping Campden is one of the loveliest small towns in the Cotswolds and a gilded masterpiece of limestone and craftmanship. The main street curves in a shallow arc lined with a succession of ancient houses each grafted to the next but with its own distinctive character.

"Chipping" means market or market place from the old English "Ceping", & Chipping Campden was one of the most important medieval wool towns and famous throughout Europe.Campden was established in the 7th century and derives its name from the Saxon "Campa-denu" or "Campadene", meaning a valley with fields or enclosures of cultivated land.

Chipping Campden's church, St. James, at the north end of the town is one of the finest 'wool' churches in the Cotswolds, with a magnificent 120ft (36 metre) tower and a very spacious interior. The church is famed for having one of the oldest altar tapestries and largest brass rubbings in England.

In 1970 the High Street and much of the rest of the town was officially designated a conservation area to preserve the ancient town for centuries to come.

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