History, tourist information, and nearby accommodation
The town is a popular antique centre - not surprising given the number of tourists who visit every year.
Just one block north of the High Street is Russell Square, fronted by a long, low building shared by the Tourist Information Centre and the Gordon Russell Design Museum. Russell was an influential pioneer in furniture design, with a background in the Arts and Crafts Movement. For over 60 years he produced fine furniture ranging from this building, which now showcases some of the best of his work. Among the highlights is the 'Lloyd George' chest, designed in 1928 and made of holly and Honduras mahogany.
Above Broadway proper is Broadway Tower (sometimes called Beacon Tower or Fish Inn Tower) a striking folly built by Lady Coventry in the 1790s.
The Tower was once the home of Arts and Crafts Movement founder William Morris, and today is is the centrepiece of an extensive country park. It is said that on a clear day you can see 14 counties from the tower, and certainly the view over the surrounding countryside is superb.
Morris was just one of numerous artists drawn to Broadway in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. The town became a popular centre for the fine arts, with author JM Barrie (Peter Pan), painter John Singer Sargent and composers Vaughan Williams and Edward Elgar drawn to the area.
Fish Hill, on which the Tower stands, is so steep that passengers on the old stage coaches were often required to get out and help the horses push the coaches to the top.
Just outside Broadway on the minor road leading to Snowshill is St Eadburgha's church, dating to the 12th century and named one of the thousand best churches in England by historian Simon Jenkins. If you carry on up the road you come to the National Trust property of Snowshill Manor, a Tudor house famous for its eccentric collection of oddities gathered by a former owner.
Address: Broadway, Cotswolds, Worcestershire, England
Attraction Type: Town
OS: SP099 375
Photo Credit: David Ross and Britain Express
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NEARBY HISTORIC ATTRACTIONS
Heritage Rated from 1- 5 (low-exceptional) on historic interest
Broadway, St Eadburgha's Church - 0.8 miles (Historic Church)
Gordon Russell Museum - 1.1 miles (Museum)
Broadway Tower - 1.2 miles (Historic Building)
Buckland, St Michael - 1.5 miles (Historic Church)
Saintbury, St Nicholas Church - 1.6 miles (Historic Church)
Snowshill Manor - 2.3 miles (Historic House)
Snowshill, St Barnabas Church - 2.4 miles (Historic Church)
Chipping Campden Market Hall - 3.3 miles (Historic Building)
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