The station by the way is called Ashurch for Tewkesbury, and not too many trains stop here.It is closer to Cheltenham than to Worcester, but sadly trains are few. Once this was a thriving railway junction, with tracks heading in all 4 directions. Today it is empty. Thank you Mr Beeching!
The map above shows how large the Ashchurch Junction was, Tewkesbury is on the left and the line heading to the left would run up to the town and then to Upton on Severn. Today parts of that line are the cycle path.
Back at the town I really only planned on looking at the Abbey, which is a magnificent structure and which I will be visiting again as I have two war graves inside of the church. Interestingly enough the Abbey is actually the parish church and is probably the most ornate parish church you could ever want for. I will be doing a proper blog post about it at a later stage.
I had heard that there was also a small graveyard by the old disused Baptist Church and that was my next destination, although finding it in the veritable warren of alleys and courts was difficult, but eventually I found it and it was a gem.
It has a surprisingly interesting burial in it too, that of Joan Shakespeare, who was William Shakespeare’s younger sister. She married into the Hart family, and one of the Hart descendants moved to Tewkesbury. John Hart was a chairmaker, and so was his son, and there are two Shakespeare Hart burials in this tiny plot. Unfortunately I was only able to find one (Thomas), but will keep it in mind for the future for a revisit. I did a revisit in December 2017 as part of my “Cemetery in the Snow” mania,
Methinks I should look at getting myself a narrowboat.
In case you wondered, there is a War Memorial in the town, although it sits in a very awkward place which is very difficult to photograph because of the traffic. In fact the traffic in this small town is terrible, there is really only one main street and everybody goes past or around this memorial. I believe this junction is called “The Cross”
Don’t blink now, that was Tewkesbury.
Actually there is much more to the town that these few images, but I did not go over the top imagewise and will add to this as I go along.
Next month is the Medieval Festival and hopefully I will pop along and have a look at it. Who knows, there may even be a blog post about it.
However, at the end of the day Tewekesbury is only famous for 3 things:
- It flooded in 2007
- It has a Medieval Festival
- Tewkesbury Abbey
and now I live there.
Actually you can now add: “The great snow of 2017” and “The water shortage of 2017” to that list
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