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1. A history of Tewkesbury

The town of Tewkesbury in Gloucestershire, England has a long and rich history dating back to the Anglo-Saxon era. The town was mentioned in the Domesday Book of 1086, and its name is derived from the Old English for “Tǣcisburi”, meaning “Tǣc’s stronghold”.

The town was an important medieval trading center, and its market charter was granted by King John in 1213. The town’s Abbey, founded in 1121 by Robert Fitzhamon, was an important pilgrimage site in the Middle Ages, and the site of the Battle of Tewkesbury in 1471, which saw the defeat of the Lancastrians and the death of their leader, Henry VI.

Today, Tewkesbury is a thriving market town, with a thriving tourist trade and a number of historical buildings and sites of interest. The town is also home to the Tewkesbury Medieval Festival, which is held annually and attracts visitors from all over the world.

2. The Battle of Tewkesbury

On May 4, 1471, the Battle of Tewkesbury was fought in Gloucestershire, England. The Lancastrian army, loyal to Henry VI, was defeated by the Yorkist army, loyal to Edward IV. The Lancastrian prince, Edward, Prince of Wales, was killed in the battle, effectively ending the Lancastrian claim to the throne.

The Lancastrian cause had been dealt a series of devastating blows in the previous two years. In 1469, the Earl of Warwick, the Lancastrians’ main supporter, was killed in battle. In 1470, Henry VI was briefly restored to the throne, but Edward IV quickly regained control. By the time of the Battle of Tewkesbury, the Lancastrians were desperate.

The Yorkists were confident of victory. They had a larger army, and they were better trained and equipped. The Lancastrian army was tired and demoralized.

The battle was brutal. The Lancastrians put up a brave fight, but they were no match for the Yorkists. When it was over, thousands of Lancastrians had been killed.

The Lancastrian cause was finished. Henry VI was captured and imprisoned. Edward IV was firmly in control of England. The Wars of the Roses were over.

3. The Abbey of Tewkesbury

The Abbey of Tewkesbury is a beautiful and historic place that is definitely worth a visit when you are in the area. The Abbey was founded in 1087 by William the Conqueror and is one of the most important Norman buildings in England. The Abbey church is massive and has some incredible architecture and sculptures. The Abbey was also the site of the Battle of Tewkesbury in 1471, which was one of the most important battles of the Wars of the Roses. The Abbey is now a tourist attraction and is well worth a visit.

4. Tewkesbury today

4 Tewkesbury Today is a community magazine produced by volunteers and delivered free to homes in and around Tewkesbury.

The magazine is full of useful information about what is going on in the town, as well as features and articles on a variety of topics.

If you would like to find out more about 4 Tewkesbury Today, or if you have an article or event that you would like to submit for inclusion in the magazine, please visit our website.

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