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A historic wool town in the Southern Cotswolds


Market House
Snooty Fox Hotel
St Mary's Church
Chipping Steps
Tetbury is an attractive market town in the southern Cotswolds. In the Middle Ages, Tetbury became an important market for Cotswold wool and yarn. At this time the famous Tetbury Woolsack Races, in which competitors must carry a 60 pound sack of wool up a steep hill, were founded and are still contested annually.
The focus of the town is its pretty Market Square, dominated by the17th century pillared Market House and other buildings including the Snooty Fox Hotel. Several streets lead from the Market Place containing 19th century houses and St Mary's Church, rebuilt in a Gothic style in the 18th century. Tetbury is well known as a major centre for antique shops, but you will also find plenty of other shops, galleries and places to eat and drink.

The Snooty Fox Pub.
Photo Steve Daniels

Chipping Steps.
Photo Charles D P Miller

Chavenage House

Chavenage Manor.
Photo Hackworth
Chavenage House is a haunted Elizabethan manor house, about a mile from Tetbury. Highlights of the house are Cromwell's Room, with history of the English Civil War, the Great Hall, featuring stained glass windows, the Ballroom, and the Oak Room, which features elaborate oak panels dating from 1590. The house also contains a fine collection of 17th century tapestries.
Visitor Information
Tetbury Tourist Information 33 Church Street, Tetbury, GL8 8JG. Tel: 01666 503 552
Chevenage House is open May to September, Thursday and Sundays (plus Bank Holiday Mondays), 2pm to 5pm. Entry costs around £8. Tetbury, GL8 8XP. Tel: 01666 502 329

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