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Tortworth is located in Gloucestershire
 Tortworth shown within Gloucestershire
Population 147 (2011)[1]
OS grid reference
Civil parish Tortworth
Unitary authority South Gloucestershire
Ceremonial county Gloucestershire
Region South West
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Post town Wotton-under-Edge
Postcode district GL12
Police Avon and Somerset
Fire Avon
Ambulance South Western
EU Parliament South West England
UK Parliament Thornbury and Yate
List of places

Tortworth is a hamlet, and civil parish, near Thornbury in South Gloucestershire, England. It has a population of 150,[2]

Tortworth is noted for a huge and ancient chestnut tree, believed to be over 800 years old. The tree, in St. Leonard's churchyard, looks like a small wood because many branches of the main trunk have taken root. Boundary records compiled in the reign of John of England (1166-1216) already shown the "Great Chestnut of Tortworth" in South Gloucestershire, as a landmark; and it was also known by the same name in the days of Stephen (1092/6–1154). This tree measured over 50 feet in circumference at 5 feet from the ground in 1720.[3] The tree is one of fifty Great British Trees, selected in 2002 by The Tree Council to commemorate the Queen's Golden Jubilee.

The civil parish contains Leyhill prison, and Tortworth Court, former home of the Earl of Ducie but now a hotel. In the Domesday Book of 1086 the manor is recorded as held by Turstin FitzRolf.[4]


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  2. ^ Census 2001 : Parish Headcounts : South GloucestershireOffice for National Statistics : Retrieved 2009-10-28
  3. ^ Sweet Chestnut – A modern herbal, by Mrs. M. Grieve.
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External links

  • Tortworth village website
  • Tortworth, Andrew Plaster, Bristol & Avon Family History Society Journal, June 2007
  • Tortworth Chestnut on Flickr
  • Kew Gardens - brief article about the chestnut tree

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