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When you hear the name 'Broadway' the first thing that comes to your mind is the street in Manhattan, New York, famous for its theatres and synonymous with show business. The original Broadway in the English Cotswolds is just a village with a row of honey-coloured cottages of local stone, housing elegant and expensive shops, galleries, restaurants. It's a lively place full of tourists strolling along admiring the charming little houses, some thatched, others with slated roofs but all elegant and very well maintained. With all kinds of creepers decorating their facades and the pretty decorative shop signs, they all look so lovely and so quaint.
What Broadway has in common with its American namesake is the meaning of its name - a wide street and Broadway is just that: its High Street is its centre and there is not much more. The spaciousness of the street was essential at the time when Broadway was an important coaching stop on the main route between London and Worcester. The coach journey took 17 hours on the average so a stop for a meal and change of horses was necessary on the way. Just past Broadway there is a steep climb up Fish Hill onto the Cotswold escarpment, which only fully rested horses could negotiate. So at that time the village had 33 pubs and so it thrived until the coming of the railway in 1904. Then, all of a sudden, the coaching business stopped, the village lost its main income and became quiet and deserted. Not for long though. It was soon discovered by William Morris and his artistic friends and this picturesque rural spot became fashionable in their circles. Soon it became so frequented by famous artists that they had to rent space for their easels. We didn't see any artists when we were there, perhaps because of the heat, but the village deserves the name of an artists' Mecca. See for yourselves....

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  • balhannah's Profile Photo
    Jan 25, 2012 at 9:02 PM

    Lovely page Ewa! We went here too, same lady selling the Ice-cream's!
    Saw the Tower in the distance but didn't go there, so nice to read your tips!

  • LoriPori's Profile Photo
    Oct 26, 2009 at 9:40 AM

    Oh my, I would love this place, esp High Street and the wonderful thatched cottage. Broadway Tower is also impressive. And yes, discovering History is fascinating. Lovely page Ewa.

  • JLBG's Profile Photo
    Jan 1, 2009 at 7:59 PM

    I like better This Broadway than the worldwide known one! A very enjoyable place! I like your secret passage!

  • amandajayne81's Profile Photo
    Jun 1, 2008 at 1:23 AM

    Great page on Broadway - I can't wait to get there later this year. Will keep browsing your pages.

  • mvtouring's Profile Photo
    Feb 29, 2008 at 3:59 AM

    great page on a lovely little town ;-)

  • Nemorino's Profile Photo
    Sep 13, 2007 at 3:00 PM

    Too bad there is no more train service to this lovely town!

  • matcrazy1's Profile Photo
    Feb 11, 2007 at 12:25 AM

    Fabulous page! Extremely charming village with a style and touch of old, good times, right? Haha, I like your local custom tip - icecream in style :-)

  • Bwana_Brown's Profile Photo
    Jan 16, 2007 at 11:00 AM

    Gloucestershire is one of my favourite parts of England and Broadway looks to be one of its gems! Lovely photos of the quaint buildings and great details on their history. Maybe next time, I should try going to England in the summer instead of winter!

  • deecat's Profile Photo
    Sep 8, 2006 at 10:59 AM

    Yes, discovering history is, indeed, fascinating and a great reason to travel. Broadway is quite unique. Again, the history, the architecture, and the quaintness would be the outstanding attractions for me.

  • penumbra's Profile Photo
    Sep 7, 2006 at 2:20 PM

    At first glance, I thought the Broadway tower was a lighthouse that had for some reason been built inland away from the sea. The view must be amazing.


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