Visit Shipston-on-Stour and the surrounding villages and stay in bed & breakfast accommodation:
Shipston-on-Stour, Warwickshire, is an old sheep-market town on the A34, 10 miles South Southeast of Stratford-upon-Avon. Its former wool-based wealth is expressed in its many Georgian houses. It has a number of interesting old inns, among them the Horseshoes in Church Street and the George Hotel in the High Street. Shipston's situation in the Vale of the Red Horse makes it an excellent base for exploring the northern spurs of the Cotswolds. Ilmington Down, at 854 ft the highest point in Warwickshire, can be reached by unclassified roads and Meon Hill gives a good view. Upper Brailes, reached by way of Fant Hill, stands 757 ft up with lovely views over the Stour and Avon valleys. Lower Brailes on the opposite side of the valley has a fine l4th century church known locally as the “Cathedral of the Feldon”. Another unclassified roads leads to Edgehill, an L-shaped ridge 4 miles long rimming the Civil War battlefield at Radway. On 23 October 1642, 14,000 men of the Royalist army under the command of Prince Rupert confronted 14,000 Parliamentary troops, led by the Earl of Essex. It was a confused, disorderly battle. King Charles claimed the victory and marched to London. However, a young captain called Oliver Cromwell from Huntingdon had been present among the Parliamentarians and he learnt several stern lessons to the advantage of his side.
At the time of the battle, Radway Grange in the village was owned by a John Washington, of the Washington family from Sulgrave, and an ancestral connection of the first President of the United States. In 1712 the house was acquired by Sanderson Miller, whose son was one of the great protagonists of the Gothic Revival in England. He was responsible for the delightful folly,a yellow freestone sham castle known as Radway Castle or Radway Tower.
Nearby towns: Banbury, Chipping Norton, Evesham, Moreton-in-Marsh, Stow-on-the-Wold, Stratford-Upon-Avon
Nearby villages: Admington, Alderminster, Barcheston, Batsford, Blockley, Bourton-on-the-Hill, Cherington, Chipping Campden, Combrook, Compton Wyniates, Ebrington, Edgehill, Ettington, Evenlode, Halford, Honington, Hook Norton, Ilmington, Kineton, Kineton, Little Compton, Long Compton, Longborough, Lower Brailes, Lower Lemington, Mickleton, Middle Tysoe, Newbold on Stour, Quinton, Shenington, Stourton, Stretton-on-Fosse, Sutton-under-Brailes, Todenham, Tredington, Upper Brailes, Weston-on-Avon, Whatcote, Wolford
Have you decided to visit Shipston-on-Stour or the surrounding villages? Please look above for somewhere to stay in:
- a Shipston-on-Stour bed and breakfast (a Shipston-on-Stour B&B or Shipston-on-Stour b and b)
- a Shipston-on-Stour guesthouse
- a Shipston-on-Stour hotel (or motel)
- a Shipston-on-Stour self-catering establishment, or
- other Shipston-on-Stour accommodation