‘Stow and Moreton’ are two quintessentially Cotswold towns, separated by just a few miles but quite distinct from each other. Stow stands on a hill (the ‘Wold’, a high, wooded place) at the crossing of two ancient byways, commanding the surrounding countryside, and is famed for antique shops, art galleries and high quality clothes shops.
The highest town in the Cotswolds, Stow on the Wold centres around a large market square surrounded by beautiful buildings and steep-walled alleyways, originally used to funnel the sheep into the fair. It’s still an important market town and has long held a strategic place in Cotswold history, standing as it does on the Roman Fosse Way and at the junction of six roads.
The coaching town of Moreton-in-Marsh straddles the Fosse Way just a few miles to the north of Stow and is known for its market, which dates from 1227, located in the broad High Street setting and is a favourite on the Cotswold tourist trail with several hotels, restaurants and other facilities nearby. Its railway station provides a convenient link to Oxford and London, or Worcester and thence to Birmingham and the Midlands. Close to the town is the famed Four Shires Stone, where four counties – Gloucestershire, Oxfordshire, Worcestershire and Warwickshire – converge.
Property in Stow on the Wold and Moreton in Marsh is highly sought after due to the quintessential Cotswold appearance of the buildings and the picturesque settings of the two towns.
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