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Cotswolds Mystery of Stow on the Wold


Cotswolds Guided Tours - Cotswolds Mystery of Stow on the Wold.

We are committed to taking you on a Cotswolds journey through this magical region, bringing you local history, quirky facts & a Cotswolds mystery or two along the way. We are a local family run business, running 6 hour north Cotswolds tours visiting the beautiful villages, famous locations & hidden gems throughout the day. No company is able to show you every village in the region, so just in case you want to learn a little more about the region then we hope you will find these posts interesting, to give you a flavour of what the area has to offer. Today we are going to be taking you on a Cotswolds Mystery of Stow on the Wold.

Stow on the Wold is located 4 miles South of Moreton in Marsh, it is the highest market town in the Gloucestershire Cotswolds, and a location that we visit on our Famous Cotswolds Tour. This fantastic North Cotswolds market town, has no fewer than 8 roads converging on it, making it an ideal trading spot in years gone by. There have been settlers here since the Iron Age, the Romans built a villa here to take in the wonderful views. In present day Stow is best known for its market square & the great selection of antiques shops lining Sheep Street.

Cotswolds Mystery Tour of Stow on the Wold

Cotswolds Mystery of Stow on the Wold.

Now the Porch House in Stow on the Wold, claims to be the Oldest Inn in England, dating back to 947AD the Pub has had a variety of uses over its 1000 years of history. It has been a private home, a sweet shop, a house of correction, a school, but always goes back to its original use as a pub. The building itself is said to be haunted by an elderly lady, who seemed very active in 1970’s with various members of staff reporting the apparition, who seems quite content & doesn’t seem to bother anyone. With so many old buildings surrounding the market square you will not be surprised to hear that many have a spectre or two attached to them. Most properties have evidence of tunnels under the building, or in the case of Stow Lodge a Priest Hole, which is unsurprising as the building was originally a rectory. There is a suggestion that the Kings Arms Hotel has a secret passage that once lead out of the town to the village of Maugersbury & its manor house. The worst activity is linked to a secret cottage in Chapel Street who had a resident poltergeist that was linked to the families 14 year old son, the poltergeist was even said to have gone on holiday with the family when they went to Devon! The family; as you can imagine were not impressed with this phenomena and with the help of the local vicar, he was able to ‘move’ the poltergeist from the family to the local Church.

With so much history in this market town & many others throughout the Cotswolds it is unsurprising that legends and mysteries are passed down from resident to resident, but this does not detract from Stow on the Wold being a wonderful location to explore.

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