Mushroom Internet design and host websites from Tetbury and surrounding areas. Gloucestershire is such a beautiful part of the UK, we thought it only fair we provide a little bit of history about the area.
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. [Tetbury Woolsack Races] Founded 1972, in which competitors must carry a 60 pound sack of wool up and down a steep hill [Gumstool Hill], is 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 childrens 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.
The Tetbury town crest features two dolphins, which is curious given that the town is many miles inland. More information can be found at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tetbury Additional information can be found at http://www.visittetbury.co.uk/historic
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