Place:Tetbury, Gloucestershire, England


Alt namesTeteberiesource: Domesday Book (1985) p 115
Coordinates51.65°N 2.167°W
Located inGloucestershire, England
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Tetbury is a small town and civil parish within the Cotswold district of Gloucestershire, England. 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.

During the Middle Ages, Tetbury became an important market for Cotswold wool and yarn. The Tetbury Woolsack Races, Founded 1972, is an annual competition where participants must carry a 60 pound sack of wool up and down a steep hill (Gumstool Hill). The Tetbury Woolsack Races take place on the "late May Bank Holiday", the last Monday in May each year (27 May for 2013).

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 St Mary Magdalene 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 House, Highgrove House and Westonbirt Arboretum lie just outside the town.

Events include: Woolsack Day, held on the last Bank Holiday in May - famous for the races (where intrepid individuals and teams sprint carrying heavy and bulky sacks of wool up and down the town's scarliy steep Gumstool Hill) and traditional street fair - and the more recent, but similarly quirky, fun and exciting "Wacky Races" soap-box (or aerodynamic carbon fibre if you prefer) derby (downhill only!) the first Monday in May, organised by the local Lions Club. Tetbury Summer Show is held at the Recreation Ground in August, with traditional show classes including crafts, baking, vegetable growing and children's art and crafts as well as a typical summer fair of sideshows, food and entertainment. The "Tetbury Fiesta" has become a successful annual event, starting in 2008 as the brainchld of a local councillor and former "roadie" as a family-friendly community festival of live music and fun it now raises spirits and funds for local charities. The event for 2013 will take place on 14 July at a new venue - The Great Tythe Barn - just outside the town. The Tetbury Food and Drink Festival is held in September (18th to 22nd in 2013) - not that the town really needs more delights for the tastebuds, having a great selection of local and seasonal food on offer - but an influx of enthusiasts and challengers makes it a fun and tasty place to be. Tetbury Music Festival is held in October (3 to 6 October 2013). It is small and intimate, with most performances in the wonderful setting of Marys' Church.

Tetbury has won five consecutive Gold awards in the Regional "Heart of England in Bloom" competition in 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009 and 2010 and was category winner "Best Small Town" in 2008, 2009 and 2010. In 2010 Tetbury was Overall Winner of Heart of England in Bloom and won a Judges Discretionary Award for Community Achievement. Tetbury won Silver Gilt as a first-time entrant in the National Britain in Bloom Campaign in 2009 and a second Silver Gilt in Britain in Bloom in 2011.

The Tetbury town crest features two dolphins, which is curious given that the town is many miles inland. One story, unconfirmed, is that an erstwhile "Lord of the Manor" was saved on a sea voyage by a pair of dolphins. Whether these were real benevalent "citizens of the sea" or some other items of marine equipment or paraphernalia is not known. Either way, it's a nice story and a distinctive crest for the town.

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