Coordinates: 51°38′10″N 2°09′29″W / 51.636°N 2.158°W / 51.636; -2.158
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Tetbury is located in Gloucestershire
Location within Gloucestershire
Population6,453 (2021 Census)[1]
OS grid referenceST890930
Civil parish
  • Tetbury
Shire county
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Post townTETBURY
Postcode districtGL8
Dialling code01666
AmbulanceSouth Western
UK Parliament
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51°38′10″N 2°09′29″W / 51.636°N 2.158°W / 51.636; -2.158

Tetbury is a town and civil parish inside the Cotswold district in 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, increasing to 5,472 at the 2011 census.[2] The population further increased to 6,453 in the 2021 Census.[1]


During the Middle Ages, Tetbury became an important market for Cotswold wool and yarn. Notable buildings in the town include the Church House and the late 18th century Gothic revival parish church of St Mary the Virgin and St Mary Magdalene and much of the rest of the town centre, dates from the 16th and 17th centuries. The Market House, dating from 1655 with restorations done in 1817, is a fine example of a Cotswold pillared market house that used to trade wool and yarn which was the main source of the town's wealth,[3] it is still in use as a meeting place and market. Other attractions include the Tetbury Police Museum and Courtroom, Chavenage House, Highgrove House and Westonbirt Arboretum lie just outside the town.

The Tetbury Woolsack Races, founded 1972, is an annual competition where participants must carry a 60-pound (27 kg) sack of wool up and down a steep hill (Gumstool Hill). The Tetbury Woolsack Races take place on the "late May Bank Holiday", the last Monday in May each year.

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 a second Silver Gilt in Britain in Bloom in 2011.[4][5]


A map of Tetbury from 1946

Tetbury is situated in a landscape of gently rolling hills primarily used for farmland, including grazing of sheep and grain production. Its location is associated with a nearby major east–west trade or drovers trail, which would account for its early importance as a wool trade centre. Nearby to the west are Owlpen Manor, Beverston Castle and Calcot Manor. The Tetbury Avon, a tributary of the Bristol Avon, known locally as the Ingleburn rises to the north of the town.


Most of Tetbury falls in the Tetbury parish, although some of the northern parts of the town are officially in Tetbury Upton.

Tetbury is in the Cotswold district, and amenities are run by Cotswold District Council. Gloucestershire County Council is also responsible for parts of the town.

Nationally, Tetbury is in the Cotswold constituency, and has been represented in Parliament by Geoffrey Clifton-Brown (Conservative) since 1997. He has a majority of 20,000 over the Liberal Democrats.


The 18th century parish church of St Mary the Virgin with its late 19th century steeple[6][7]
The centre of Tetbury

Tetbury is renowned for its antique and bric-à-brac shops; Homes & Antiques magazine named Long Street one of the UK's top 10 favourite streets for shopping in December 2018.[8] The town centre also has a number of independent specialist food and clothing shops, banks, charity shops, estate agents and other shops including lifestyle clothing brand Overider and the Prince of Wales's original "Highgrove Shop" which opened in 2008.[9]

A Tesco supermarket branch was opened a quarter of a mile from the town centre in July 2002. The town's high street is the home to a number of specialist shops selling cheese, breads, meats, dairy and frozen products, entertainment supplies, among others.

The town has pubs and hotels, including the Royal Oak Inn which was featured in the 1971 film Dulcima and in an episode of BBC One's Bonekickers. The Trouble House, immediately outside the town, was served by Trouble House Halt between 1959 and 1964.


Events in the town 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. The first "Tetbury Fiesta" was held on the recreation ground in July 2008.[10] Tetbury Music Festival is held in early October.[11]


Tetbury Hospital is a privately run facility which funds itself from government funding and charitable donations. The hospital, which homes a Minor Injuries Unit, was rated as "needing improvement" by the Care Quality Commission in 2016.[12] In 2005 it was announced that beds at the site would be cut.[13] The nearest Accident and Emergency Department is in Cirencester.


The town has two schools, St Mary's Primary School and Sir William Romney's School, a secondary school which specialises in creative arts. In 2006 Sir William Romney's announced that it would be closing its Sixth Form centre, meaning students wishing to sit A-Levels now travel to Cirencester, Stroud or Filton College in Bristol.[14] Westonbirt School is an independent school for girls aged 11 to 18.

Some Tetbury children travel further afield, with students at the two grammar schools, Marling School for boys and Stroud High School for girls, both in Stroud, and some at the comprehensive Deer Park School in Cirencester.


The 17th-century Tetbury Market House

Tetbury has bus services which serve local towns. Tetbury railway station closed in 1964, and the nearest railway station is now at Kemble; the nearest major airport is Bristol Airport. General aviation uses Kemble Airport at Kemble. The former airfield at Long Newnton, 1 mile (1.6 km) southeast of Tetbury, was home to the Cotswold Gliding Club from 1964 to 1967 when it moved to nearby Aston Down.

Tetbury is on the A433, with easy access to the M4 and M5 motorways. The A4135 originates in Tetbury and proceeds westerly through Beverston.

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  1. ^ a b "TETBURY". City population. Retrieved 25 October 2022.
  2. ^ "Parish & Ward populations 2011". Archived from the original on 2 April 2015. Retrieved 25 March 2015.
  3. ^ "The Market House". Feoffees of Tetbury. Retrieved 7 February 2023.
  4. ^ "RHS Britain in Bloom". Archived from the original on 28 October 2008. Retrieved 8 June 2011.
  5. ^ "Tetbury in Bloom". Archived from the original on 27 December 2018. Retrieved 23 August 2020.
  6. ^ "History". The Parish Church of St Mary The Virgin and St Mary Magdalen, Tetbury. Archived from the original on 15 October 2020. Retrieved 15 October 2020.
  7. ^ Ross, David. "Tetbury - St Mary the Virgin". Britain Express. Archived from the original on 15 October 2020. Retrieved 15 October 2020.
  8. ^ "Edinburgh News". Archived from the original on 8 January 2019. Retrieved 8 January 2019.
  9. ^ Kirkwood, Holly (22 September 2014). "Royal retail therapy: The Highgrove Shops". Telegraph. Archived from the original on 23 August 2020. Retrieved 23 August 2020.
  10. ^ Tetbury Fiesta Archived 24 May 2013 at the Wayback Machine
  11. ^ "Tetbury Music Festival". Archived from the original on 17 March 2013. Retrieved 30 March 2013.
  12. ^ "Tetbury Hospital". Care Quality Commission. Archived from the original on 23 August 2020. Retrieved 23 August 2020.
  13. ^ "Tetbury hospital beds to close". Wilts and Gloucestershire Standard. 30 August 2005. Archived from the original on 23 August 2020. Retrieved 23 August 2020.
  14. ^ "School Places Strategy 2018-2023" (PDF). Gloucestershire Council. Archived (PDF) from the original on 23 August 2020. Retrieved 23 August 2020.

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