The Cotswolds and their wool was enough to bring even Queen Elizabeth I to the ancient city of Worcester nearby, and William Shakespeare is said to have passed through Broadway many a time and stopped by at the Inn on his journey from Stratford-upon-Avon to his beloved Globe Theatre, on the banks of the River Thames.

Cromwell and Charles I
Between 1642 - 1645, the Civil War raged through Britain. King Charles I passed through Broadway at least six times during these years and stayed at the Inn on a couple of occasions. The Lygon Arms also has a grand bedroom named after the King, with a four-poster bed, working fireplace and a secret passage, which leads down to the very same lounge in which his cavalry saw him 350 years earlier.

The Battle of Worcester, the final and decisive battle of the great Civil War, was fought on the evening of September 3rd, 1651. It is believed that Oliver Cromwell stayed at the White Hart Inn in Broadway that night, in the room which now bears his name.
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