Descriptive Gazetteer Entry for Tewkesbury

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.


(John Bartholomew, Gazetteer of the British Isles (1887))

Linked entities:
Feature Description: "municipal borough, market town, and parish"   (ADL Feature Type: "cities")
Administrative units: Tewkesbury AP/CP       Tewkesbury Borough       Gloucestershire AncC
Place: Tewkesbury

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