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Tewkesbury, Gloucestershire

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Tewkesbury, Gloucestershire

Tewkesbury is a town and civil parish in Gloucestershire, England. It stands at the confluence of the River Severn and the River Avon, and also minor tributaries the Swilgate and Carrant Brook. It gives its name to the Borough of Tewkesbury, of which the town is the second largest settlement. The name Tewkesbury comes from Theoc, the name of a Saxon who founded a hermitage there in the 7th century, and in the Old English tongue was called Theocsbury.
Administrative CountyGloucestershire
Traditional CountyGloucestershire
OS GridSO8932
OS Settlement ClassificationTown
RegionSouth West
Police AuthorityGloucestershire
Fire and Rescue AuthorityGloucestershire
Fire and Rescue AuthorityGloucestershire
Ambulance AuthorityGreat Western
Dialling code01684
Population10,016 (2001)

Other names by which Tewkesbury, Gloucestershire has been known in the past

Teodechesberie ~ Tewksburie ~ Tewksbury ~ Theoci Curia ~ Theocsbury ~ Theoksbury ~ Tedechesberie

Tewkesbury, Gloucestershire in John Bartholomew's "Gazetteer of the British Isles" (1887)

Tewkesbury.-- mun. bor., market town, and par., Gloucestershire, on river Avon, at its confluence with the Severn, 9 miles NW. of Cheltenham and 114 miles from London by rail, 2619 ac., pop. 5100; P.O., T.O., 2 Banks, 2 newspapers. Market-days, Wednesday and Saturday. Tewkesbury is famed for its fine parish church, a most interesting example of Norman architecture, and all that remains of the celebrated monastery of Tewkesbury, founded in 715. It is also famed as the scene of the great battle (1471) which placed the crown on the head of Edward IV. The mfrs., once considerable, have greatly declined; they are now chiefly cotton stockings, lace, and silk. The trade is mostly agricultural. Tewkesbury was incorporated by Elizabeth in 1574; it returned 2 members to Parliament from 1609 until 1867, and 1 member from 1867 until 1885.

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