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TEWKESBURY HISTORY with special sections on Pubs, Inns, Hotels and other sites in the Licensed Trade past and present, with the addition of Census Returns and Transcribed Tewkesbury Wills.

Many of the extracts here are from sources that I originally used in the course of tracking down lost Tewkesbury pubs, hotels, inns and beerhouses. However, it seemed such a waste to keep this information hidden from those who would not normally come across it: so here it is. This has now turned into an ongoing project and more information will be added, and existing presentation improved upon, regularly and often. Most of the lists here relate to local tradesmen and private residents, especially those involved with pubs, inns and beerhouses, who appeared in various local directories and other publications. The other stuff is also mostly at the popular level in the sense that it does not yet include major historical events or Tewkesbury Abbey history. The contents here are aimed at local people who are probably well aware of the basic history of Tewkesbury and its historical context. I have tried to be accurate in transcribing the information but anyone serious about the subject should consult the original sources. Apart from information on the history of the licensed trade, alleys, lincensing laws, and census returns, there are a lot of miscellaneous lists of names and serious and humorous newspaper extracts, not easily categorized; No attempt has been made to write a history, but the site may reward the browser with something perhaps relating to their own past.    

     A.H. August 2010.

Tewkesbury History Subject Menu.

!!!The link to the guidebooks is now fixed. !!!

Log of new additions beginning 01/03/2013

Tewkesbury Public Houses. (lots of pub and beer related stuff) Tewkesbury Public Houses.

Licensing Laws. (Full transcripts starting with 1552 of English laws relating to premises selling alcohol.)

DOCUMENTS. Indentures, Mortgages, etc. Work in Progress.

CENSUS.  Complete image set of Tewkesbury Census Returns. 1841, 1851, 1861, 1871, 1881, 1891, 1901 and 1911 Census (and 1911 summary books)

Tewkesbury Marriages

Extracts relating to Tewkesbury from the National Death Index and many other sources. (Ongoing).

Tewkesbury Burials.

Extracts from Directories (relevant to Tewkesbury)

Who lives in a town like this?    (If you only ever read one descrption of Tewkesbury make it this one. You really couldn't make it up, but someone did.)

Extracts from travel and town guides (1795, 1892,1904, 1906,1910.) The comment above applies.

 Tewkesbury Alleys and Streets

Bits and Pieces Many extracts relating to various aspects of Tewkesbury taken from older publications and grouped by category.

Tewkesbury Lists

Telephone Directory extracts relating to Tewkesbury.

Coat of Arms. With heraldic meaning explained.

Trade Descriptions 1818.


 Books, Pamphlets, Ephemera etc.


(The above link was broken but now working)

These carry a wealth of advertising and old photographs and are of great local interest.

1874, 1886, 1901, 1904, 1906, 1908, 1916, 1922, 1924, 1926, 1931, 1934, 1936,

1936a, 1938, 1946, 1952, 1954, 1956, 1958, 1960, 1962, 1964, 1966, 1968, 1974, 1978,

1980, 1981, 1983,

Plans of Tewkesbury High Street Railway Station.

Transcribed Tewkesbury Wills (ongoing)

Tewkesbury Private Acts of Parliament. (ongoing)

Tewkesbury Charities, Endowments and Benefactions.

Tewkesbury Land Tax 1798

Trade advertisements from old guidebooks. (Work in progress)


Any comments, criticisms and questions are welcome and can be used to improve the site.