Tortworth

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Tortworth
Tortworth is located in Gloucestershire
Tortworth
Tortworth
 Tortworth shown within Gloucestershire
Population 150 (2001)
OS grid reference ST7093
Civil parish Tortworth
Unitary authority South Gloucestershire
Ceremonial county Gloucestershire
Region South West
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Police Avon and Somerset
Fire Avon
Ambulance South Western
EU Parliament South West England
List of places
UK
England
Gloucestershire

Coordinates: 51°38′00″N 2°26′00″W / 51.633333°N 2.433333°W / 51.633333; -2.433333

Tortworth is a hamlet, and civil parish, near Thornbury in South Gloucestershire, England. It has a population of 150,[1] and is noted for a huge and ancient chestnut tree, believed to be over 1000 years old[citation needed]. 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.[2]

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.[3]

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