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History of Worcestershire Broadway is an ancient settlement whose origins are uncertain. There is documentary evidence of activity in the area as far back as Mesolithic times. Their fieldwork uncovered a large amount of Roman and medieval domestic waste and, most importantly, a large amount of worked Mesolithic flints, raising the possibility that the site might have been a stopping point for hunter-gatherers.

This work makes the known history of the village to be over 5, years and so may be evidence of one of the first partially settled sites in the United Kingdom. Broadway has also seen the settlement of the ancient Beaker people BCE , and later, the Roman occupation. Broadway was a domain of the Mercian kings and was vested in the Crown in the person of King Edgar in The first existing documentary evidence of importance is embodied in a charter that King Edgar granted to the Benedictine Monastery of Pershore in In this Anglo-Saxon text, Broadway is called Bradanwege and its boundaries are described in great detail.

By the 11th century the village was already well-established and apparently thriving. There are 30 hides paying geld. In demesne are 3 ploughs; and a priest and 42 villeins with 20 ploughs. There are 8 slaves. For Broadway this marked a considerable departure from the entirely peasant community that had existed in former times, though the following two centuries saw it decline in the wake of the Black Death.

Its fortunes were revived during the late 16th century after the Dissolution of the Monasteries relieved Pershore Abbey of ownership in There followed three centuries of almost unbroken growth, during which the population increased to about five times its Elizabethan level.

As in other Cotswold towns, wealth was based on the wool and cloth trade. The village provided all the services that might be needed, including grooms, places of refreshment and extra horses for the steep haul up Fish Hill. As a result, there were once as many as 33 public houses in Broadway compared to the three which exist today.

The road between Evesham and the summit of Fish Hill became a toll-road as a result of legislation dated However, the introduction of the railways in Britain in the midth century reduced the passing trade on which Broadway relied.

Travel by stagecoach stopped almost immediately with the opening of the railway in Evesham in Reapers Resting in a Wheat Field , painted by American impressionist John Singer Sargent near Broadway in Stripped of its role of staging post, Broadway became a backwater; a haven of peace and tranquillity. Benson , before she moved to Tilling based on Rye in East Sussex.

Priestley published his book English Journey , a travelogue in which he re-visits areas of the Cotswolds, including Broadway. He described the Cotswolds as "the most English and the least spoiled of all our countrysides. The truth is that it has no colour that can be described.

Even when the sun is obscured and the light is cold, these walls are still faintly warm and luminous, as if they knew the trick of keeping the lost sunlight of centuries glimmering about them. By the 18th century, it was a toll-road and a prominent stagecoach stop. In the winter the mud from the road was piled up, and in the summer grass grew on the piles; these verges still remain today.

Nowadays, the streams are almost entirely invisible. Lygon Arms Today, Broadway is a centre for arts and antiques and serves as a natural base from which to explore the Cotswolds or see the horse racing during the busy Cheltenham Gold Cup week. Tourism is important; a reputation as a gateway to the Cotswolds and the many well-preserved buildings attract numerous visitors.

It again houses a shop. Nevertheless, the Church of St Eadburgha has been a Christian place of worship since the 12th century and continues to be a significant aspect of village life. The dedication of a Christian church to Eadburgha is not common. Eadburgha was the granddaughter of Alfred the Great. The story is told that as a child Eadburgha was asked to choose between receiving jewels or her own Bible, she chose the Bible.

The current structure was built circa but there are elements that remain of the original 12th-century building. It was built in within the village of Broadway itself. The building was constructed as a Benedictine monastery chapel in ; it was extended and altered in the s when a school was added, and the interior was modified slightly several times afterwards.

The property was converted to a parish church in Broadway railway station Broadway was once served by a railway line, a relative latecomer in British railway history, opened in by the Great Western Railway and running from Stratford-upon-Avon to Cheltenham , part of a main line from Birmingham to the South West and South Wales.

Broadway railway station along with almost all others on this section closed in ; though passenger services continued until , and goods continued until when a derailment south of Toddington damaged the line. It was decided not to bring the section back into use and by the early s, it had been dismantled. Thus, although Broadway has a railway station site and a Station Road, it is no longer served by National Rail services.

The nearest railway stations are Evesham , Honeybourne and Moreton-in-Marsh , on the main line train service running between Hereford and London Paddington station and on the Cotswold Line between Oxford and Worcester.

The 15 mile stretch between Broadway Station and Cheltenham Racecourse has since been reconstructed and reopened as the Gloucestershire Warwickshire Railway.

The line was extended northwards to the village, and Broadway is its current northern terminus, opening in Though nothing remained of the original Broadway railway station, the Broadway Area Group of the Gloucestershire Warwickshire Railway Trust received planning permission to reconstruct the station.

Work started in , rebuilding the platforms, signal box, railway station buildings and footbridge. The Trust completed the laying of tracks on 23 December , with a test train arriving at Broadway later the same day, and had passenger services running from 30 March This was a long-term project and, initially, the society concentrated on the short stretch from Honeybourne to Long Marston.


Broadway is a large village and civil parish within the Cotswolds, located in the county of Worcestershire, magami.ga population was 2, in the census, a small increase on the 2, in the census. It is situated in the far southeast of Worcestershire and very close to the Gloucestershire border, midway between the towns of Evesham and . Worcestershire Record Office holds parish registers dating from the mid 16th century onwards. Our online parish register index allows you to see what registers we hold, the dates they cover, and whether they are held on microfilm at .

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