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Coordinates: 51°38′10″N 2°09′29″W / 51.636°N 2.158°W / 51.636; -2.158 Tetbury Tetbury  Tetbury shown within Gloucestershire Population 5,250 (2001 Census) OS grid reference ST890930 District Cotswold Shire county Gloucestershire Region South West Country England Sovereign state United Kingdom Dialling code 01666 Police Gloucestershire Fire Gloucestershire Ambulance Great Western EU Parliament South West England UK Parliament Cotswold List of places: UK • England • Gloucestershire Tetbury is a 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. In the Middle Ages, Tetbury became an important market for Cotswold wool and yarn. At this time the Tetbury Woolsack Races, 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 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 and street 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 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 has been nominated again for entry into Britain in Bloom in 2011.[1][2] Contents 1 Geography 1.1 Nearby places 2 Governance 3 Economy 3.1 Hospital 4 Education 5 Youth Organisations 5.1 Air Training Corps 6 Transport 7 Notable people 7.1 Present 7.2 Past 8 See also 9 References 10 External links Geography 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 centre. Nearby to the west are Owlpen Manor, Beverston Castle and Calcot Manor. The Tetbury Avon, a tributary of the Bristol Avon, known locally as the Ingleburn rises to the north of the town. Nearby places Avening - 3 miles north Shipton Moyne - 3 miles south Nailsworth - 5 miles northwest Kemble - 6 miles northeast Aston Down - 6 miles north Malmesbury - 5 miles southeast Stroud - 8 miles northwest Cirencester - 10 miles north-east Chippenham - 13 miles south Gloucester - 15 miles north Swindon - 17 miles southeast Cheltenham - 18 miles north Bristol - 20 miles southwest Birmingham - 60 miles north London - 90 miles east Governance Most of Tetbury falls in the Tetbury parish, although some of the northern parts of the town are officially in Tetbury Upton. Tetbury is in the Cotswold district, and amentities are run by Cotswold District Council. Gloucestershire County Council is also responsible for parts of the town. Nationally, Tetbury is in the Cotswold constituency, 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. Economy The centre of Tetbury 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, and a branch of the auction house Bonhams. A Tesco 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, and there are a number of specialist award-winning[citation needed] shops selling cheese (House of Cheese), breads (Hobbs House) and meats (Jesse Smiths). 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 Trouble House is immediately outside the town. Between 1959 and 1964, the latter was served by Trouble House Halt, the only railway station in England built specifically to serve a pub. Hospital 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[when?] announced that beds at the site will be cut. The nearest Accident and Emergency Department is in Cirencester. Education 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[when?] 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 School for boys and Stroud High School for girls, both in Stroud, and some at the comprehensive Deer Park School in Cirencester. Youth Organisations Air Training Corps Tetbury has an Air Cadet unit based in the grounds of Sir Williams Romney's School. Transport Tetbury Market House Tetbury has bus services which serve local towns. The nearest railway station is at Kemble, while the nearest major airport is at Bristol. General aviation uses Kemble Airport at Kemble. The former airfield at Long Newnton (one mile southeast of Tetbury) was originally the home of the Cotswold Gliding Club, which has since moved some six miles to the north to Aston Down. 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 Beverston. Notable people Present HRH Prince Charles, the Prince of Wales, lives at Highgrove, Doughton, near Tetbury Anne Hooper, journalist, author and counsellor Jake Meyer, youngest Briton to climb Mount Everest Jet Black, drummer and founder member of rock band The Stranglers Past Brian Trubshaw, first British test-pilot of Concorde, died 2001 Laurens van der Post, owned a nearby farm in the 1930s, died 1996 Cecil "Sam" Cook, Gloucestershire cricketer and umpire, died 1996 Alice Liddell Hargreaves, inspiration behind Alice in Wonderland Robert Crowley, stationer, poet and Protestant clergyman in the 16th century See also St Saviour's Church, Tetbury References ^ RHS Britain in Bloom ^ Tetbury in Bloom External links Tetbury Online Town Council A Tetbury Community Youth Project Woolsack Races Tetbury in Bloom Images of the church Tetbury Upton Parish Council Christ Church Tetbury Tetbury Town Football Club BBC archive film of Tetbury from 1981 v · d · eCeremonial county of Gloucestershire Unitary authorities South Gloucestershire Boroughs or districts Cheltenham | Cotswold | Forest of Dean | Gloucester | Stroud | Tewkesbury Major settlements Berkeley | Bradley Stoke | Cheltenham | Chipping Sodbury | Cinderford | Cirencester | Coleford | Dursley | Fairford | Filton | Gloucester | Kingswood | Lechlade | Lydney | Mangotsfield | Minchinhampton | Mitcheldean | Moreton-in-Marsh | Nailsworth | Newent | Northleach | Painswick | Stonehouse | Stow-on-the-Wold | Stroud | Tetbury | Tewkesbury | Thornbury | Winchcombe | Wotton-under-Edge | Yate See also: List of civil parishes in Gloucestershire Rivers Bristol Avon | Warwickshire Avon | Bybrook | Boyd | Cam | Chelt | Churn | Coln | Evenlode | Eye | Bristol Frome | Stroud Frome | Hazel Brook | Leach | Little Avon | Lyd | Severn | Swilgate | Thames | Trym | Windrush | Wye Topics History | Museums