St. Edwards Parish church - Stow on the Wold, England



St Edward's Church is situated in Stow on the Wold, Gloucestershire. It is a Church of England parish church and a tourist attraction in the town of Stow.

The Church of St Edward is a stone Norman church built between the 11th and the 15th centuries. It stands on the site of the original Saxon church, believed to have been made of wood. Much of the visible structure, including the bell tower, dates from the 15th century when the church was enlarged with funds enriched by the community's wool trade. The church was also renovated in the 17th and 19th centuries. A renovation in 1873 by architect John Loughborough Pearson was completed for the Reverend Robert William Hippisley who served as rector during that period.

In 1646 during the English Civil War, the Royalist army marched through the Cotswolds, attempting to join the forces of King Charles at Oxford. However, they were met by a Parliamentary force in the Battle of Stow-on-the-Wold, and the encounter was so deadly that it was said ducks could bathe in the pools of blood left the street near the market square. Reportedly the street was afterward called "Digbeth" or "Duck's Bath" because of this. After the last battle in the war was fought at Donnington, the church housed 1000 prisoners following the defeat of the Royalists. The church features memorials to Francis Keyt and John Chamberlayne who died in 1646 during the Battle of Stow, and also houses memorials to those who died in service during World War I and World War II.


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