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 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. 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
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