Tetbury is a small town situated on the top of a hill near to a tributary of the Bath Avon. The recorded history of
Tetbury begins in AD681, when King Ethelred of Mercia issued a charter granting land near "Tette's Minster" to
the Abbot and Monks of Malmesbury. Yet there is evidence that Tetbury was in existence as early as the Iron Age when
there was a hill fort here, although not much archaeological investigation has taken place.
The centre of the town has basically remained unchanged since the 16th and 17th centuries when the town was at the height of prosperity as a major wool town. Most of the buildings that survive in the main street were there during the reign of Queen Elizabeth I but it can be difficult to establish the age because of the 18th and 19th century fronts.
The trading of wool rather then the manufacture of cloth was the original source of the towns wealth and it was the decline
in the local cloth making that began the inevitable loss of the trade in the town during the 1800's and eventually
became less prosperous having been unable to attract much industry from the revolution that began to sweep the rest of the country.
Nevertheless the town has remained much the same as a century or more ago although having grown in size it still retains much of its heritage. The area is once again prosperous although industry still shuns the town and major high street stores are missing, Tetbury is still a wealthy place with many antique shops replacing older businesses and several of the small general shops display the Prince of Wales Feathers for services to HRH Prince Charles who lives just outside the town at nearby Doughton.
The skyline is dominated by the parish church of St.Mary the Virgin, and the spire can be seen on any approach to the town. The spire, the fourth highest in the country along with the tower were dismantled and rebuilt in 1891 over one hundred years after the medieval church was rebuilt.
The town is on the A433 just 10 miles from Cirencester, 20 miles from Gloucester, 12 miles from J17 M4 Chippenham.
Bus services connecting to Tetbury are:
Tetbury Mini Bus Transport can be contacted on 01666 504881 or Mob: 07939 890891
There are several car parks around the town. The Station Yard is free of charge and the others charge 50p per hour.
The Priory Inn is a located in the heart of the delightful market town of Tetbury! A stones throw from the many renowned antique shops and Westonbirt Arboretum in the heart of the Cotswolds.
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A selection of self catering holidays in or around the pretty town of Tetbury in Gloucestershire.