Originally a busy stagecoach stop on the route from Worcester to London, Broadway became home to artists and writers including Elgar, John Singer Sargent, J. M. Barrie, Vaughan Williams, William Morris and Mary Anderson. Broadway is thought to have been the model for Riseholme, the home of Lucia in the novels of E. F. Benson, before she moved to Tilling (Rye) in Sussex. However, in 2004, Worcestershire Young Archaeologists' Club, a regional branch of the Council for British Archaeology's Young Archaeologists' Club, found evidence of earlier occupation. Their fieldwalk uncovered a large amount of Roman and medieval domestic waste and, most importantly, a large amount of worked Mesolithic flints. This work puts the history of the village back 5,000 years and may be evidence of one of the first partially settled sites in the United Kingdom. It is believed that this would have been a stopping point for hunter-gatherers. Broadway takes its name from the wide main street. In the beginning Broadway had two small streams which ran through the village, people built on either side of the streams, and a road formed down the middle. In the winter the mud from the road was piled up, and in the summer grass grew on the piles, these verges still remain today.