It has a long history and probably dates from a prehistoric fortified settlement on top of the hill and had a special importance in the English Civil War, the last battle was fought close by in Donnington back in 1646. St Edward’s Church, was used as a prison for the defeated Royalist troops, as it was the only lockable building in the town. Some of the damage sustained at this time can still be seen today.
The Market Square is large and impressive and testifies to the town’s former importance. It is surrounded by town houses, independent shops, antique centres, cosy cafes and inns all built in the mellow local stone, and it has been the focus of town life over many centuries, with the medieval market stocks at one end, the ancient market cross at the other and the impressive St Edwards Hall standing in the centre. Some of the largest sheep fairs took place in the town with up to 20,000 sheep for sale in one day. Today the only market to take place in the square is the monthly Farmer’s Market, on the first Thursday of the month, very popular with both visitors and locals alike.
Quietly situated in lovely surroundings, Springbank is a 5 Star Cotswold stone coach house, equipped to the highest standards. It is on the upper level, set in 11 acres of the Windrush Valley pasture. Soft colour scheme, oak floors with rugs, quality furnishings and fabrics in this superb conversion that offers spacious accommodation for two. Easy spaciuos off road parking and about half a dozen steps down to the south facing sun terrace that has patio furniture and is very pleasant especially on those long summer evenings.
- Sleeps 2
- In the heart of the Cotswolds
- Wonderful peaceful space
- Secret hideaway
- Airy, bright living space