Overview of Worcestershire


Broadway is a quintessential English village and is well known as one of the most lovely of the Cotswold centres, yet it also has the advantage of good shopping facilities including chemist, post office, butcher, a bank, churches of many denominations, library and health centre. The larger cultural and shopping centres for the area are Cheltenham (approximately 15 miles) and Stratford-upon-Avon (approximately 15 miles). There is a main line station to London/Paddington at Evesham (approximately 6 miles) and Moreton-in-Marsh (approximately 8 miles), schedule time approx. 92 minutes.

In the 1600s Broadway was a stopping place for the stage coaches that travelled between Worcester and London. The prestigious Lygon Arms lies at its centre with other hotels, restaurants and inns along the High Street.

Broadway is steeped in history with its origins dating back to Roman times. Time can be spent at the Ashmolean and Gordon Russell Museums.

The village has two primary schools, the pupils of which go on to feeder schools in Worcestershire, Gloucestershire and Warwickshire.

The village has a wealth of clubs to join from bowling to needlework.


Childswickham is a village in Worcestershire situated about 1½ miles from Broadway. Being on the edge of the North Cotswolds it has a mixture of building styles, from Cotswold limestone to red brick, to the more traditional Worcestershire black and white half-timbered and thatch. The earliest buildings are timber framed with wattle and daub and Cotswold limestone.

The name Childswickham is believed to have derived from 'Child', the young son of a nobleman, 'wick', a clearing in the wood and 'ham', short for hamlet. Its history can be traced back to Roman times as coins and pottery of this era were found in fields on the old Roman road from Worcester to London which came through the village.

The 15th century spire of the original Norman church, St Mary the Virgin, is a local landmark and can be seen for several miles. There is a popular public house in the village the Childswickham Inn and a well patronised village hall.


Dumbleton is a former estate village, situated on the north-eastern edge of Dumbleton Hill and is included within the Cotswold AONB. The village is remarkably unspoilt and has the benefit of a renowned cricket ground, a fine Norman church, a village club and a hotel. Broadway (6 miles) and Cheltenham (12 miles) all offer first class educational, shopping and leisure facilities.