The snapshot series:
The snapshot series does exactly as it says on the tin – it gives a short introduction to places where Magellan personnel have visited under four main headings – Where is it, Why Visit, When should I go and Anything Else. As with all towns and cities, there is so much more to do and see than we have listed.
Where is it?
Tewkesbury is an historic settlement located at the point where the River Severn and River Avon meet. These rivers were much in evidence in 2007 when the entire county of Gloucestershire (Cotswolds country) lay at the mercy of horrendous floods. These same rivers today offer a picturesque setting and the perfect pace for a relaxing cruise or a pleasant riverbank stroll.
It’s an ideal start to any Cotswolds adventure, with a beautiful Norman Abbey built in the early 12th century. The fields in the area saw the penultimate and decisive battle in the 15th century War of the Roses between the Houses of York and Lancaster. Prince Edward was killed either during or just after the battle and is buried in the Abbey. Wander around the narrow ancient alleyways of the town and see where prominent local families are remembered like the Shakespeares …. There’s also the Tewkesbury and John Moore Museums which are well worth visiting.
When should I go there?
Any time of year but the internationally renowned Tewkesbury Medieval Festival would be a fun time to visit each July. Tewkesbury is bedecked with medieval flags and the Battle of Tewkesbury is re-enacted by medieval enthusiasts. It’s the largest medical enactment and fair in Europe and there are jugglers, musicians, dancers and jesters galore.
Don’t cut the mustard! Tewkesbury was famous for its mustard which, before that Norwich upstart Colman made his mustard powder, was much in demand across England. Even Shakespeare’s Falstaff mentioned it in Henry IV and its published in all the ye olde recipe books from times gone by. It was then only available as a mustard ball (perfect for transporting and storage) and depending on how much you wanted for your meal, a slice was cut off and mixed with either cider, ale or wine to form a paste. Today, the Tewkesbury Mustard Company has again taken up the gauntlet to make mustard fit for a king (Henry VIII was a fan) – using only ingredients around in medieval times but now available online in jars. Our favourite is Henry VIII’s widow Catherine Parr’s Pot Royale of Spice. Delicious.
Contributor & photographer: Sue Lowry
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