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Tetbury

Tetbury is an architectural gem, designated an outstanding conservation area in 1971. The central part of the town is largely unchanged since the 16th. and 17th. centuries, and parts have clear links to medieval times.

In the centre is the Market Hall built in 1655 and enlarged in 1740 to accommodate the town fire engine and lockup. The cupola on the roof of the Hall has a weathervane in the form of a pair of dolphins.

Close to the Hall is the Chipping, a name common throughout the Cotswolds and based on the Anglo-Saxon word for a market. Like most market squares, the Chipping is now a car park, and it is surrounded by splendid houses. Leading away from the car park down a very steep hill is a medieval street, the Chipping Steps, flanked by medieval stone cottages.

The finest street in Tetbury is Long Street. The buildings become progressively more grand, and the bottom half of Long Street consists almost entirely of high-quality antique shops,four of which are CADA members.

Nearby attractions include, Chavenage House, an Elizabethan manor house whose owners provide a very entertaining guided tour; and Westonbirt Arboretum, a superb collection of trees from all over the world.

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