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Friday, 3rd April 2020


“When Life was Nasty, Brutish and Short”

By Derek Taylor

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Friday, 17th April 2020


Spring Quiz – St. Edward’s Hall

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Click for entry form Talbot Talbot a 1955
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The Talbot has existed as an inn since 1714, and in the early 1960s was the largest hotel in Stow-on-the-Wold.


It is believed that The Talbot was originally a coaching inn, although today it does not have a distinctive archway entrance. This may have been reduced when a new frontage was added in the 1840’s or the coaches may have entered at the back of the property via Talbot Court from Sheep Street. From Talbot Court, if you look out across Sheep Street to the antiques shop opposite, you can still just make out the original sign saying ‘Day’s Talbot Hotel Stables’ under the antiques shop’s modern sign.


Between 1771 and 1864, the brass letterbox at the front of the Talbot was used to post ‘corn returns’. These weekly returns, which were published in the London Gazette, were from merchants who bought grain at the market. Today these returns are still required but are provided by the farmer rather than the merchant.

The Talbot