A House at Broadway in Worcestershire f16
Artist: Blore, Edward
Medium: Pencil and ink on paper
This detailed pencil drawing is of a typical Cotswold stone house found at Broadway in Worcestershire.
Of all the stone-built towns in England, Broadway is one of the finest.
Emerging with five other local market towns at the time of the Norman Conquest, Broadway benefited from being strategically located on the main route between Worcester and London. Nearly all manor houses built here during the Norman period had churches, and half of all the land was owned by the monasteries. Following the Dissolution of the Monasteries in the 16th century, wealthy landowners moved into the area and helped to build the town that exists today. The main street lies on an ancient ridgeway and is very wide, hence the name 'Broad Way'.