Dating back from the Iron Age, Stow-on-the-Wold is located at the convergence of six major roads through the Cotswolds, including the Roman Fosse Way. Due to its strategic location Stow-on-the-Wold became a well-known market town. Like many of the Cotswold towns and villages, the houses were built with the very distinctive mellow Cotswold stone from the local quarries and date back to the 16th century. The square in the middle of town is an interesting place, many of the old buildings being located around it. St Edward's Church, in the south-eastern corner of the square, was built between the 11th and 15th centuries. At the bottom of Digbeth Street is the Royalist hotel which claims to be the oldest inn in England (dating from AD947).