History Topics About Tewkesbury

Women's Suffrage partial franchise anniversary


A century ago on this day the Representation of the People Act passed into law. In the following December, women were allowed to vote in Parliamentary Elections.  BUT not all women – only those over 30 and who possessed certain property ...

Civic Heraldry of Tewkesbury


Tewkesbury was granted a Charter by Elizabeth I in 1574, which created the Common Council to govern the town, which comprised two Bailiffs and twelve principal burgesses. This Common Council continued until it was swept away by the Municipal Corporations ...

The Lords of Tewkesbury


It is known from the Register that the noble Dukes Oddo and Doddo founded a monastery in 715 on their lands near the Severn, seven miles from Gloucester. They were said to live in the time of the Kings Ethelred and Ethelbald, and they were buried in ...

Law And Order In Nineteenth Century Tewkesbury


The Calendar of Prisoners in Tewkesbury Gaol opens with a title page in spidery handwriting headed, ‘Thomas Ricketts, Gaoler’ . It goes on to list the Bailiffs of the town. The year as 1816, and the ‘new gaol’ had been set up at the end of the ...

Tewkesbury's Early Freemen


In modern times, the award of the freedom of a borough, town or city is a symbolic honour, bestowed by the donor on its recipient as a mark of esteem and respect, usually celebrating some service which the new freeman has given to the donor authority or ...

The Ordinances of Tewkesbury Borough Council in 1575


A record book was started in 1575 following the establishment of Tewkesbury by royal charter. It is a thick book with a stout leather cover and buckle and strap to secure it. Some early pages of the book have become damaged by time and possibly frequent ...

Lighten Our Darkness


The period 1830-1860 was one of the most politically and socially agitated of the century. In 1832, many believed that England had come as close to revolution as at any time in her history. As the reform bill of 1832, the Chartist riots and the agitation ...

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