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Tewkesbury

Tewkesbury

Tewkesbury sits at the confluence of the rivers Severn and Avon, making it a perfect location for taking a picturesque river walk, watching wildlife or enjoying a river cruise.

One of the most popular walks in the area is the Battle Trails, a way-marked route around the surrounding countryside where the penultimate War of the Roses battle was fought in 1471. This battle is re-enacted annually at the Tewkesbury Medieval Festival in July.

Another great walk is along the River Severn, where you can try a section of the Severn Way: a 210 mile route which follows the Severn from source to sea.

The Mythe Bridge, completed in 1826, was designed by Thomas Telford and crosses river Severn just to the north of the town.

Celebrated for its medieval townscapes, alleged to be some of the best in England, Tewskesbury possesses a rich heritage, and a walk along its High Street uncovers a diverse mix of shops, cafes, tea rooms and pubs.

One particular jewel is the award winning Heritage and Tourist Information Centre, which is located in a restored 17th century hat shop on Church Street.

The history of Tewkesbury

Tewkesbury is ancient settlement, which takes its name from Saxon hermit Theoc. It is claimed that Theoc set up a hermitage there in the 7th century.

Architecturally, Tewkesbury boasts a wide variety of beautiful, historic buildings, but a highlight is the 12th century Norman abbey, consecrated in 1121, and the second largest Parish Church in the country.

Historically, Tewkesbury has been known for its prominence in such industries as pin making, brewing and malting, and mustard making; be sure to try the world famous Tewkesbury mustard!

This information on this page has been written by Maisie-Jo Boggild-Jones, student at Manchester University

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