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Tetbury is located in Gloucestershire
Population 5,472 (2011 Census)
OS grid reference ST890930
Civil parish
  • Tetbury
  • Cotswold
Shire county
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Post town TETBURY
Postcode district GL8
Dialling code 01666
Police Gloucestershire
Fire Gloucestershire
Ambulance Great Western
EU Parliament South West England
UK Parliament
  • The Cotswolds
List of places
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 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.


Tetbury map 1946
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.


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, and has become an annual event. Tetbury Music Festival is held in early October.

Youth Organisations

Army Cadet Force

Tetbury Army Cadets is based on Cirencester Road, neighbouring Tetbury's industrial estate.

Air Training Corps

Tetbury Air Cadets unit is based in the grounds of Sir Williams Romney's School.

Tetbury Youth Club

The People's Pod is a youth club for 11- to 16-year-olds, it is located in the Recreational Centre.

Tetbury Town Youth Football Club

Tetbury Town Youth Football Club is located in the Recreation Ground for children aged 3 to 16.

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 mi southeast of Tetbury) was originally the home of the Cotswold Gliding Club, which has since moved 6 mi to the north to 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.


Tetbury, United Kingdom
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. 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.

A Tesco supermarket 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 and meats.

The town has pubs and hotels, including the Royal Oak Inn which was featured in the 1971 film Dulcima and in an episode of BBC1's Bonekickers. The Trouble House, immediately outside the town, was served by Trouble House Halt between 1959 and 1964.


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. 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.

Notable people


  • Jet Black, drummer and founder member of rock band The Stranglers
  • HRH The Prince of Wales, lives at Highgrove, Doughton, near Tetbury
  • Anne Hooper, journalist, author and counsellor
  • Jake Meyer, the youngest British person to climb Mount Everest
  • Josh Kumra, singer/songwriter
  • Neil Woodford, investment fund manager


  • Charlotte Eliza Collins, the noted diarist, married Edward Tenney Bousfield at Tetbury in 1853.
  • Cecil "Sam" Cook, Gloucestershire cricketer and umpire, died 1996
  • Robert Crowley, stationer, poet and Protestant clergyman in the 16th century
  • Alice Liddell Hargreaves, inspiration behind Alice in Wonderland
  • Ester Lewis, poet (1716–1794), married Robert Clark of Tetbury in 1760 and is buried there.
  • Laurens van der Post, owned a nearby farm in the 1930s, died 1996
  • Brian Trubshaw, first British test-pilot of Concorde, died 2001
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