Stow-on-the-Wold (2), Gloucestershire. Location map
 
  The Royalist Inn, Stow-on-the-Wold, Gloucestershire, England   The Royalist Hotel, Stow-on-the-Wold.

This hotel, in Digbeth Street just a short way from the square, is said to be the oldest inn in England dating from the year 947 which makes it a little over 1000 years old.

A number of interesting historical items have been found here, including a Saxon shoe from the 10th century, a Royalist commander's letter, and a tunnel that leads from the bar to the church across the street. Still visible in the rooms are the witches' marks, and an ancient frieze.

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  View of Digbeth Street, Stow-on-the-Wold, Gloucestershire, England   Digbeth Street, Stow-on-the-Wold.

The Royalist Hotel is a short way back from this point in this narrow street which leads up to the Market Place. These streets were deliberately made narrow to enable the animals been driven to market to be more easliy controlled.

 

 

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  The Old Stocks, Stow-on-the-Wold, Gloucestershire, England   The Old Stocks.

A reminder of how felons were once punished. These are on the little green at the edge of the Market Square.

 

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  One of the old wells, Stow-on-the-Wold, Gloucestershire, England   One of the old wells.

Stow was, until recent times, supplied with water from springs below the town Some of these springs have never dried up, and the two in Well Lane, of which this is the larger, were made into wells. This was the towns main water supply until 1937.

You can see the water from the spring running into the well in the far left corner.

 

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