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Tetbury is a town and civil parish within the Cotswold districtmarker of Gloucestershiremarker, Englandmarker. It lies on the site of an ancient hill fort, on which an Anglo-Saxon monastery was founded, probably by Ine of Wessex, in 681. The population of the parish was 5,250 in the 2001 census.

In the Middle Ages, Tetbury became an important market for Cotswoldmarker wool and yarn. At this time the Tetbury Woolsack Racesmarker, in which competitors must carry a 60 pound sack of wool up a steep hill, were founded and are still contested annually.

Notable buildings in the town include the Market House, built in 1655 and the late-eighteenth century Gothic revival parish church of St Mary the Virgin and much of the rest of the town centre, dating from the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries. The Market House is a fine example of a Cotswold pillared market house and is still in use as a meeting place and market. Other attractions include the Police Bygones Museum. Chavenage Housemarker, Highgrove Housemarker and Westonbirt Arboretummarker lie just outside the town.

Events include Woolsack Day, famous for races and a fair. A flower show is held at the recreation ground, with classes ranging from children's "Make your own paper plate gardens" to adults "Best flower" and "Best knitting". The "Tetbury Fiesta" was held on the recreation ground in July 2008, and also the second Fiesta was held the following July, also in the recreation ground.

Tetbury has won a Gold award in the Regional "Heart of England in Bloom" competition in 2006, 2007, 2008 and 2009 and is a Britain in Bloom Finalist in 2009.


A map of Tetbury from 1946
Tetbury is situated in a landscape of gently rolling hills primarily used for farmland, including grazing of sheep and grain production. Its location is associated with a nearby major east-west trade or drovers trail, which would account for its early importance as a wool trade center. Nearby to the west are Owlpen Manormarker, Beverston Castlemarker and Calcot Manormarker.

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Most of Tetbury falls in the Tetbury parish, although some of the northern parts of the town are officially in Tetbury Uptonmarker.

Tetbury is in the Cotswold district, and amentities are run by Cotswold District Councilmarker. Gloucestershire County Councilmarker is also responsible for parts of the town.

Nationally, Tetbury is in the Cotswold constituencymarker, and has been represented in Parliament by Geoffrey Clifton-Brown (Conservative) since 1997. He has a majority of nearly 10,000 over the Liberal Democrats.


Tetbury is renowned for its antique shops, mostly found on and near Long Street, making it a stop-off for coach tours through the Cotswolds. The town centre also has a number of banks, estate agents, a branch of the auction house Bonhams and the lifestyle fashion brand Overider.

A Tescomarker supermarket was opened a quarter of a mile from the town centre in July 2002. Despite fears that the supermarket would threaten the existence of the town's main shopping streets, the majority of businesses have survived, although the number of food-selling shops in the town has fallen.

The town has pubs and hotels, including The Royal Oak Inn, which was featured in the 1971 film Dulcima( which starred John Mills and Carol White ) and more recently an episode of BBC1's Bonekickers, The Priory Inn, The Crown Inn,The Close Hotel, The Greyhound Inn, The Ormond at Tetbury, and The Snooty Fox. The award-winning Trouble House is immediately outside the town. Between 1959 and 1964, the latter was served by Trouble House Haltmarker, the only railway station in England built specifically to serve a pub.


Tetbury Hospital is a privately run facility which funds itself from government funding and charitable donations. The hospital, which homes a Minor Injuries Unit, has been improved in recent years, although it was recently announced that beds at the site will be cut. The nearest Accident and Emergency Department is in Cirencestermarker.


The town has two schools, St Mary's Primary School and Sir William Romney's School, a secondary school which specialises in creative arts. Sir William Romney's recently announced that it would be closing its Sixth Form centre, meaning students wishing to sit A-Levels now travel to Cirencester or Stroud or even Filton College in Bristol.

Some Tetbury children travel further afield, with students at the two grammar schools, Marling Schoolmarker for boys and Stroud High Schoolmarker for girls, both in Stroud, and some at the comprehensive Deer Park Schoolmarker in Cirencester.


Tetbury Market House

Tetbury has bus services which serve local towns. The nearest train station is at Kemblemarker, while the nearest major airport is at Bristolmarker. General aviation uses Kemble Airportmarker at Kemble. The former airfield at Long Newntonmarker (one mile southeast of Tetbury) was originally the home of the Cotswold Gliding Clubmarker, which has since moved some six miles to the north to Aston Downmarker.

Tetbury is on the A433 road, with easy access to the M4 and M5 motorways. The A4135 road originates in Tetbury and proceeds westerly through Beverstonmarker.

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