Thornbury is a market town and civil parish in South Gloucestershire, England, about 12 miles (19 km) north of Bristol, which had a population of 12,063 at the 2011 Census. It houses South Gloucestershire Council headquarters and is twinned with Bockenem in Germany. Thornbury is a Britain in Bloom award-winning town, with its own competition, Thornbury in Bloom.[1] Suburbs include Morton and Thornbury Park. The civil parish also includes the hamlet of Milbury Heath.

The ancient parish covered a large area extending to the River Severn, and included the detached area of Rangeworthy until 1866, when this became a separate civil parish. In 1894 the western part was detached to form the civil parish of Oldbury-on-Severn and the eastern part to create that of Falfield.[5]

Following the Duke's death Thornbury was confiscated by King Henry VIII of England, who stayed at the castle for ten days in August 1535 with his queen, Anne Boleyn.[2] Following the English Civil War, the castle fell into disrepair, but was renovated in 1824 by the Howard family. It is situated behind St Mary's Church, a church whose founding dates from the Norman period.

Thornbury Township, Pennsylvania, USA, founded in 1687, was named after Thornbury, Gloucestershire, by George Pearce, whose wife Ann came from there.[6] In 1765 Dr John Fewster of Thornbury presented a paper to the Medical Society of London entitled "Cow pox and its ability to prevent smallpox". Fewster was a big influence on his friend and colleague Edward Jenner, the pioneer of vaccination.[7]

The castle from the top of St Mary's Church tower

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The castle is now a 26-room luxury hotel and restaurant, and a venue for weddings.

Thornbury had a market held in the high street and the market hall. It moved to Rock Street in 1911 but closed in the late 1990s, being partly replaced by a smaller market in a car park near the United Reformed Church. The older site has been redeveloped as a community centre called "Turnberrie's"; the older community centre, at 'the Chantry' in Castle Street remains in active use. The old market hall is now a clothes shop.

Created by the Thornbury and District Heritage Trust as a Millennium project, the heritage trail encompasses the town's historic buildings. There are forty way-markers indicating the route, which starts outside the town hall.

Some rooms sleep up to four people with the use of z-beds. There are double (with king sized beds) or twin room options available.

Thornbury Town FC play in the Gloucestershire County League which is tier 11 in the English football league. They won their first league title in the 2009–10 season.

Excellent local cuisine is at the heart of our hospitality.

Between 1966 and 1986 the castle was operated as one of the UK's top restaurants by Kenneth Bell MBE with staff including food writer Nigel Slater [3] and MasterChef New Zealand judge Simon Gault [4] early in their culinary careers.

The many pubs in the town the White Lion in the high street, which won the Thornbury in Bloom award in 2003 and the Britain in Bloom award for Best Pub Display in 1999. Restaurants include one at Thornbury Castle, also Ronnie's of Thornbury, and the Indian restaurant Romy's Kitchen, with Romy Gill as chef and owner.

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Construction of the Anglican Church of Saint Mary the Virgin started in 1340, with major additions in 1500, 1848 and 1988. It remains in use for regular worship, baptisms, confirmations, marriages, funerals and remembrance services. It also hosts the local primary school (St Mary's CEVA Primary) for their seasonal celebrations, like Harvest, Christmas and Easter.

Gillingstool Primary School dates back to 1862, and is known for its school bell. The school was rebuilt in a project that began in spring 2009. The Victorian era buildings are being retained and will continue in their present use as a Sure Start Children's Centre.[15]

Thornbury Castle is a castle in Thornbury, South Gloucestershire, England. It was begun in 1511 as a home for Edward Stafford, 3rd Duke of Buckingham. It is not a true castle (designed to serve as a fortress), but rather an early example of a Tudor country house, with minimal defensive attributes. It is now a grade I listed building.

Although the station building is no more the old railway line serves as a footpath. It was laid out in the 1990s to support new housing and industrial developments, previously having been grassed over and neglected. Starting from the industrial estates it follows the route of the streets of Streamleaze and Avon Way, ending near a roundabout at the top of Avon Way.

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The castle roof. The two brick chimneys were built in 1514

The Barrel public house in St Mary's Shopping Centre

Breakfast is freshly prepared each day and served in the Clubhouse at a time to suit you. It includes a choice of cereals, yoghurts and juices, followed by a full English breakfast served with free range eggs, cooked as you like them. All ingredients are locally sourced, wherever possible.

Thornbury Castle fell into disrepair after the English Civil War, but was renovated in 1824 by the Howard Family. It now serves as a 27-room luxury hotel and restaurant.

Thornbury has been part of the parliamentary constituencies of, successively: Thornbury (1885-1950); Stroud and Thornbury (1950-1955); Gloucestershire South (1955-1983); Northavon (1983-2010); and Thornbury and Yate (2010-present). The present MP is Luke Hall of the Conservative Party.

The Thornbury Lodge offers diverse and comfortable guest rooms. They each have their own unique look, but the overriding theme is one of rest and relaxation. Care has been taken to ensure that the rooms are the perfect place to unwind at the end of a long day or a long golf round! All rooms feature a flat-screen television, tea and coffee-making facilities, complimentary wash products, fresh white bed linen and big fluffy bath towels.


There is evidence of human activity in the Thornbury area in the Neolithic and Bronze Ages, but evidence of the Roman presence is limited to the Thornbury hoard, of 11,460 Roman coins dating from AD 260–348, found in 2004 during the digging for a fishpond.[2] The earliest documentary evidence of a village at "Thornbyrig" dates from the end of the 9th century.[3] Domesday Book noted a manor of "Turneberie" belonging to William the Conqueror's consort, Matilda of Flanders, with 103 residents.

There is a GWR Castle Class 4-6-0 locomotive in preservation named 7027 Thornbury Castle

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The Castle School is Thornbury's secondary school. The former Thornbury Grammar School buildings on Gloucester Road are now its sixth form centre. (Thornbury Grammar School was relocated to new buildings in neighbouring Alveston in 1972 when it received its first comprehensive school intake and was renamed Marlwood School.)

The interior of St Mary's Church (the parish church)

The town pump on a small island at the bottom of the High Street shows a hand pointing "To Gloucester". The original pump was removed in 1924 as a road hazard by the council. The new one built in 1984 was temporarily painted gold to celebrate the Golden Jubilee in 2002. It is usually adorned with flowers and birthday greetings.

Thornbury RFC play in the South West 1 League. Despite being a Thornbury club, their ground is located in Rockhampton, on the outskirts of the town.

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There are a number of musical and drama groups performing in Thornbury. The largest venues are the Armstrong Hall near the town centre, seating 350, and the adjacent Cossham Hall, seating 140. Performances also take place in church halls and occasionally in the leisure centre. Some local amateur groups are:

One of the biggest firms on the industrial estate in the south of the town is Essilor, who manufactures spectacle lenses. The construction of the Midland Way has boosted industry by allowing traffic to avoid the steep and narrow B4061 road.

Our castle hotel offers the perfect luxurious retreat, combining 500-year-old architecture with sumptuous facilities. Thornbury Castle is a place to de-stress: take a stroll around the manicured lawns and landscaped grounds, book a massage in your own bedchamber and relax over a delicious meal in our exclusive restaurant.

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Thornbury has a high street, a shopping centre (St Mary's Centre), two supermarkets and many smaller shops. The town has seven places of worship: St Mary's Church, Christ the King[9] Catholic Church, the Methodist Church, the United Reformed Church, St Paul's Church, and the Hackett and Thornbury Baptist churches. On the outskirts at Lower Morton stands an independent evangelical church, Morton Baptist Church.[10]