Tortworth shown within Gloucestershire
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|Unitary authority||South Gloucestershire|
|Sovereign state||United Kingdom|
|Police||Avon and Somerset|
|EU Parliament||South West England|
Tortworth is a hamlet, and civil parish, near Thornbury in South Gloucestershire, England. It has a population of 150, and is noted for a huge and ancient chestnut tree, believed to be over 1000 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.
- Office for National Statistics : Census 2001 : Parish Headcounts : South Gloucestershire Retrieved 2009-10-28
- Sweet Chestnut Botanical.com – A modern herbal, by Mrs. M. Grieve.
- Tortworth Chestnut on Flickr
- Tortworth village website
- Kew Gardens - brief article about the chestnut tree[dead link]
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