Tewkesbury - the Abbey and a trip around the Town 18th january 2015


We fancied somewhere to go on a Cold January so we decided on a trip through the Cotswolds into the Town of Tekesbuty and a visit to the Abbey. The town is a great place to visit but beware robbers lurk around every corner and soon took five pounds off us for parking, shame on you local council! A nice breakfast followed at the local pub the Royal Hop Pole and a pint of Abbot ale helped me stop moaning for a short while. Its worth a visit to this town and with a nice drive through the cotswolds to get there it makes it an even better to visit.

Tewkesbury (/ˈtjuːksbri/ tyewks-bree) 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.[1] An erroneous derivation from Theotokos enjoyed currency in the monastic period of the town's history.

The Abbey:

The Abbey Church of St Mary the Virgin, Tewkesbury, (commonly known as Tewkesbury Abbey), in the English County of Gloucestershire, is the second largest parish church in the country and a former Benedictine monastery. It is one of the finest examples of Norman architecture in Britain, and has probably the largest Romanesque crossing tower in Europe.

Construction time-line

Arms of Richard de Clare, 6th Earl of Gloucester, Founders Book of Tewkesbury Abbey, c. 1525
23 October 1121 – the choir consecrated
1150 – tower and nave completed
1178 – large fire necessitated some rebuilding
~1235 – Chapel of St Nicholas built
~1300 – Chapel of St. James built
1321–1335 – choir rebuilt with radiating chantry chapels
1349–59 – tower and nave vaults rebuilt; the lierne vaults of the nave replacing wooden roofing
1400–1410 – cloisters rebuilt
1438 – Chapel of Isabel (Countess of Warwick) built
1471 – Battle of Tewkesbury; bloodshed within church so great that it is closed
1520 – Guesten house completed (later became the vicarage)

First Image

My Photos of the Abbey on Flickr