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Tenbury Wells Tourist Guide


Welcome Tenbury Wells is an ancient market town in the north west corner of Worcestershire, close to the borders of both Shropshire and Herefordshire. As such it is uniquely placed to be a centre for exploring a large area of wonderful countryside dotted with small market towns but also including the cities of Hereford and Worcester. As well as the valley of the River Teme, which flows through Tenbury, the town gives easy access to two Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty, the Malvern Hills and the Shropshire Hills, together with the Welsh Borders with their string of castles and the even older earthwork of Offa’s Dyke. The town itself is one of those special places that has not been spoiled by too much development. The whole of the town centre is a conservation area and contains a unique selection of independent shops where friendly personal service is provided. Tenbury Wells boasts an excellent selection of places to eat and drink to suit all tastes and pockets, together with accommodation ranging from hotels to caravan and campsites. Further information is available from the Tourist Information Centre and their website www.tenburywells.info alternatively www.tenburywellsopenforbusiness.co.uk lists a hosts of eateries, accommodation and things to do.

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History Situated at an important crossing point over the fast flowing River Teme, there has been a settlement here since at least Anglo Saxon times and probably before. Tenbury was recorded in the Domesday Book as Tamedeberie, the word meaning a fortified site on the River Teme. The only remaining sign of fortification is an earth mound in a field near the river known as the Castle Tump. Although legend has King Caractacus, who fought the Romans in AD51, being buried there, it is more likely the remains of a wooden fort. It’s somewhat odd position is explained by the fact that until the sixteenth century, the Teme used to flow in a large loop or meander around the Castle Tump, so that it defended the ford across the river which led from an extension of Church Lane towards the Rose and Crown in Burford. Tenbury officially became a market town in 1249 when King Henry 111 granted a charter to Roger de Clifford to hold a weekly market. The Seal and a replica of the charter are on display in Tenbury Museum. Presumably, the markets must have been a success, because in 1305, permission, which again had to be sought from the King, was given to build a bridge over the Teme. This is thought to have been at, or close to the present location, because at about this time, Teme Street and the burgage plots on either side, were laid out, and it has remained to this day Tenbury’s main street. The River Teme has always been prone to periodic flooding, sometimes quite severely, and the bridge has been rebuilt several times. During clearing the river to improve flow in recent years near Newnham Bridge, two enormous timber beams were pulled out and are thought to have been washed down from one of the original bridges. These are on display at Avoncroft Museum. In 1580, a major flood caused the Teme to permanently change course, cutting out the loop around the Castle Tump. Another in 1770, demolished much of the nave of St Mary’s Church. In 1839 mineral waters were discovered in a well being dug to find clean drinking water, and after investigation a small bathhouse was built to take advantage of them. Records suggest that both the roads and the accommodation were too poor to attract many visitors. However, the coming of the railway transformed travel, and in 1861 the Pump Rooms were built, and the town was renamed Tenbury Wells. 4

A warm welcome from Mr Thom’s! An emporium of local product under one roof. From fresh bakery to meat pies, local cakes, traditional confectionary and hand made chocolates. Our business has grown rapidly in four years whilst maintaining a traditional old fashioned feel. Enjoy freshly ground Brazilian coffee, baked filled baguettes, sandwiches and hot food in store or take away. Our handmade chocolates are not only sourced from the Bruges area of Belgium but we also have our very own chocolate factory on site from which we make our own delicious truffles, bars and novelties. Why not have a cream tea in the garden next to our little factory! Hope to see you all soon... Mr Thoms 25 Teme St, Tenbury Wells


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Places of Interest The Regal The Regal Cinema was opened in 1937, as one of a small local group of cinemas, and is now the only one left. It is a very rare surviving example of an art deco style cinema in a small market town. During its life, a few rows of the front seats were removed and a stage was installed allowing it to be used for live shows as well as films. It includes a small museum of film related memorabilia and is well worth a visit.

St Marys’ Church, Burford Sitting near the River Teme , St Mary’s Church is part Saxon with extensive Victorian restoration with ancient Cornwall monuments. It’s architecture shows elements of Gothic Revival, Norman and English Gothic. The Church, which is unlocked during summer months, and the church yard are both very attractive to visitors.


The Round Market Like the Pump Rooms, this was designed by the Birmingham architect James Cranston, but in a somewhat more conventional design. Slightly oval rather than strictly circular.

It was built to allow local farmers wives to have an undercover space to sell butter and other products while their husbands probably attended the livestock markets which were also held weekly.

In days when there was less traffic than now, the surrounding streets were also filled with market stalls. The Round Market is still used as a covered market and is open on Saturdays during the year with a view to resuming Tuesday and Friday Markets.


The Pump Rooms The Pump Rooms were built in 1861 to replace a smaller brick built spa building in order to take advantage of the hoped for increase in visitors with the coming of the railway to Tenbury. Designed by James Cranston, a Birmingham architect, this is a unique building and very modern for its time. He had patented designs for glasshouses, and used the same principles for the Pump Rooms, substituting galvanised sheet steel panels for glass. The steel was fabricated in Birmingham, and brought to site for erection, making this a very early prefabricated building. The well which provided the water can still be seen under the tower, and the water was pumped from it to supply both a drinking fountain and baths and was reputed to be a cure for most ailments. With medical advances, and the universal provision of clean piped water, spas generally became less popular and the Pump Rooms fell into disuse by the end of the Second World War. After a lengthy local campaign this grade 2* listed building was fully restored, and is now occupied by Tenbury Town Council. It is open to visitors on weekdays and on certain Saturdays. Details are available from Tenbury Museum or the Tourist Information Centre.


St Mary’s Church The Parish Church of St Mary is in a lovely setting near the River Teme. It is Norman in origin, and referred to in the Domesday Book. There are records referring to a previous Anglo Saxon church, but no remains are visible, and it is not clear whether it was in the same location.

Although built in the 11th century, what you see now , apart from the lower half of the tower, is not original, but has been rebuilt at various times. The most major reconstruction followed a flood in 1770 which demolished much of the nave. After this, the floor level was raised, and although this has not prevented subsequent floods from entering the building, never again has there been such serious damage. The stained glass is 19th century, but many of the windows are believed to be 14th century and clearly survived the floods, as did the alabaster Acton Tomb, the Easter Sepulchre and the Large and Small Crusaders.


Tenbury Wells Museum & History Group Situated in Cross Street a few minutes’ walk from the town centre, Tenbury Museum is housed in Goff’s School. This was one of a number established by the generosity of a Mr Edward Goff, a Herefordshire man who made his fortune as a coal merchant in London, and wanted local children to have a better education than he had. The present building was constructed in 1863, and continued in use for certain classes until the 1950’s. The Museum houses a collection of objects mostly from the 19th and 20th centuries, largely donated by local people. It features a varied and unusual mix from agricultural items to local trades and from medical instruments to domestic life. Following a number of years considering the future for Tenbury Museum, plans are developing for an exciting future in a new town centre location. The Tenbury Museum and History Group Trustees, have been in discussion with Tesco regarding the Old Fire Station building at the entrance to the supermarket car park. Agreement has now been reached, in principle, to a long lease, subject to securing planning permission and funding to undertake the necessary capital works to renovate and convert the building into a Museum and Local History Resource Centre. You can now load the App Hidden Tenbury to your phone and discover 10 Digital stories of Tenbury Wells thanks to a project led by Tenbury Museum and History Group www.hiddentenbury.com The Museum, which is entirely run by volunteers, is free, although donations are welcome to help with running costs. It is open from Easter to the end of October from 11.00 am to 1.30 pm on Tuesdays, Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays, and from 2.00pm to 4.00 pm on Sundays. 12

Burford House Garden Centre With its picture-perfect setting, Burford House & Gardens in Tenbury Wells is a great place to visit at any time of year, whether you are looking for inspiration for your garden or home, or just fancy popping in for a treat from the café bar. The Georgian house is set in four acres of ornamental gardens and is now home to an eclectic range of homeware, gifts and cards with something new to look at in every room. Located within the house you’ll also find ‘Studio 83’ Ladies & Gentlemen’s Hairdressing, and ‘Burford Beauty and Holistic’, so if you feel like treating yourself, pop in and book an appointment. The walled Garden Centre provides everything from gardening essentials to instant impact plants and features to give your garden a real ‘wow’ factor, garden furniture to relax in and enjoy with friends and family over the warmer months; and, of course our friendly, knowledgeable staff are always on hand to offer help and advice. The licensed CaféBar is the ideal place to meet up with friends and family at any time of the day and you can enjoy a catch-up over a delicious home-cooked breakfast, lunch, afternoon tea or coffee and cake. After your Café Bar visit enjoy a walk around the beautiful gardens that are free to enter and have been lovingly restored by our wonderful volunteers The ‘Burford House Garden Angels’. Throughout the year Burford House & Gardens host a number of events including, children’s fun activities, wedding fairs, open air theatre, a popular Motor Show that’s held on the first Sunday in August, and a Grotto and Breakfast with Santa over the festive period where little ones can experience the magic of Christmas. Burford House a great place to visit for all of the family, including the dog. For more information about Burford House, the events or to buy tickets please visit: https://www.gardenstoreonline.co.uk/ 13

Shopping in Tenbury Tenbury Wells is a Town full of Unique Independent Shops and businesses that have a vast range of products and services on offer ….you could say that there is something for everyone in Tenbury! If you think that Teme Street is the shopping area don’t be misled… there are more shops, pubs, cafes and businesses in Market Street and Cross Street so please have a wander through the Town, it’s not far and we hope that you will be pleasantly surprised at what you will find.

Your Local Independent Opticians 18 Teme Street, Tenbury Wells, WR15 8BA

T: 01584 811445 www.andrewjelleyopticians.co.uk

General Garden Maintenance Nigel Clulo 07989 308599

Smarty Pants & accessories

Ladies One Size Italian Style Clothing, Hosiery, Handbags, Beautiful Jewellery & much more…

44 Teme St, Tenbury, WR15 8AA 01584 811285

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GEORGINA FRANKLIN JEWELLERY Individual Contemporary Design Commissions undertaken

Please see website for studio opening times.

The Forum, 18 Market Square, Tenbury Wells, Worcs. WR15 8EA


Phone 01584 810085

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Places To Eat and Drink Tenbury Wells is full of a Unique range of Independent shops selling fresh produce, much of it local, as well as a diverse range of products. It boasts a wide range of restaurants, pubs, cafes and take aways offering not just traditional, as in Fish and Chips and Pizza and Kebabs, but also Indian, Cantonese and Chinese.


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Centrally located 16th Century Inn Local real ales and fine ciders Excellent menu and bar snacks Newly refurbished accommodation

Mon-Sat: 12 noon-1 am | Sun: 12 noon-midnight Food served 12 noon-9 pm Tel: 01584 811659 or 07881522088


A traditional country pub in Burford on the outskirts of Tenbury Wells

• Freehouse • 4-5 real Ales • Classic home-made pub food • 4 en-suite letting rooms (1 dog friendly ground floor) • Outside catering

www.roseandcrown-tenburywells.co.uk Tel: 01584 811336 • info@roseandcrown-tenburywells.co.uk

The River Teme and the Teme Bridge

The Teme flows through Tenbury Wells on its way from its source in the Kerry Hills of mid Wales to Worcester where it joins the River Severn. Noted for its scenery throughout its length, the whole of the River Teme has been designated a Site of Special Scientific Interest. The Teme Valley near Tenbury Wells is very fertile, and has a good climate and has been an important area for growing fruit and also hops.


Originally crossed by a ford, thought to have been on a continuation of Church Lane, which was at the time, the main road in Tenbury, the first bridge was built in 1305. It was not at the position of the ford but a convenient point was chosen where the river was narrow and the banks accessible.

At the end of the bridge, Teme Street was constructed and became Tenbury’s main street. The bridge remained in this position, possibly being rebuilt several times, until 1580. What must have been a spectacular flood changed the course of the river, and must have washed away the river bank on the Tenbury side and widened the river bed. If you look at the bridge now, it takes six arches to cross the river, whereas the original records from before 1580 refer to only two or three. In building the new arches to connect to the original bridge, Teme Bridge acquired its bend in the middle, which remains to this day and is almost unique on such an important river crossing. The bridge has been repaired and widened more than once, including by Thomas Telford in 1814. The bridge was refurbished in 2012 and was found to be in good condition.


Things To Do Horse Riding The region around Tenbury Wells is rich in countryside to explore on horseback. There is more than one equestrian centre locally, including one which offers B&B and stabling. Pony trekking is available in the Mortimer Forest.

Fishing The River Teme is well known for its brown trout, grayling and barbel, and the area offers many opportunities for fly and coarse fishing. Fishing is free along the River Teme in Tenbury between the bridge and the Kyre Brook.

Golf Whether you require a pay and play course, an established golf club or a country club atmosphere there are many places to play golf within a short drive of Tenbury Wells such as Grove Golf and Bowl at nearby Ford Bridge, Leominster.

Other Activities

For those who wish to be more active, Tenbury Wells has its own swimming pool and fitness centre, situated next to the Palmers Meadow playing fields as well as a Gym that is above the Bridge Hotel. There is a recently redesigned children’s play area in the town’s main park, known as The Burgage, together with tennis courts and a bowling green as well as a well presented Civic Garden for those just wishing to sit and take in the atmosphere. There are also many opportunities within a short distance of Tenbury for those seeking out activities. The beautiful Wyre Forest, is located 12 miles north east of Tenbury at Callow Hill, Bewdley. It stretches for 10 square miles and offers a wide range of recreational opportunities and a great day out.

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Walking & Cycling The whole area is criss-crossed by well waymarked footpaths allowing the exploration of the gentle beauty of the Teme valley and the surrounding hills. For the slightly more adventurous, the long distance paths of the Shropshire Way and the Herefordshire Way are readily accessible.

Maps and brochures on short and long distance walks in the area can be obtained in the Tourist Office or why not just purchase the local Ordnance Survey map and follow the footpaths. It is guaranteed you will not be disappointed with the beautiful countryside. The network of small country lanes and bridle paths offer extensive opportunities for cyclists. The Tourist Information Centre has copies of walking and cycling trails that can be purchased for a small charge.

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Apples and Mistletoe Fruit growing has traditionally been an important part of the local economy, and apple orchards still support a thriving cider making industry. Mistletoe grows extensively on the local apple trees, and is still harvested for Tenbury Wells’ famous mistletoe and holly auctions at Burford House and Gardens, which are held every year in time for Christmas, and supply the whole of the UK. Each year on the first Saturday in October there is the annual Tenbury Applefest which is known as a celebration of the mighty apple with over 250 varieties on show, provided by F P Matthews Ltd. The Festival draws people from across the Country and is fast becoming a ‘must attend’ event. It incorporates apple juicing, apple identification and orchard husbandry advice into a family show with entertainment, a shopping village and a chance to sample many different varieties of cider. Tenbury Wells, the Capital of English Mistletoe, annually celebrates its unique heritage with Mistletoe by holding a Mistletoe Festival on the first Saturday in December. The shops sport bunches of mistletoe and there is the crowning of the Mistletoe Queen and the Holly King. The Druid Mistletoe Blessing takes place under the trees, beside the river in the Burgage. The Tenbury Mistletoe Festival began in 2004, when the traditional Mistletoe Auctions, held in the town for over 100 years, seemed threatened with closure. Local people were determined that Tenbury’s Mistletoe legacy would continue, and so the Festival was born.


Events in Tenbury Tenbury has a mixed Calendar of Events throughout the year; starting with Party in The Park in June which is a free family day out for all the family. August has the Tenbury Countryside Show on the First Saturday with the Tenbury 10K, and the Burford House & Gardens Motor Show the following Day. The First Saturday in October is the date for Tenbury Applefest an Event which attracts visitors from far and wide to the Town. The switching on of the Christmas Lights on the 2nd Saturday in November and the Mistletoe Festival falls on the First Saturday in December and includes the Santa Parade to the Grotto in St Mary’s Church, closely followed on the Sunday with the 5K Santa Run. We also have the Mistletoe and Holly Sales which are held at Burford House & Gardens on the last Tuesday in November and the first Tuesday in December. Again this is an Event which attracts a lot of interest and which gains a lot of media coverage. As well as the key Events in the Tenbury Calendar there are many ‘musicfests’ at the local pubs throughout the year.

Useful Numbers

Medical Service

Emergency Services

Hospital (Minor Injuri Dentist (Emergency) Doctor

Police (West Mercia) 101 Police, Fire and Ambulance 999


ies) 01584 810643 01584 819886 01584 810343

Information and Advice

Tourist Information 01584 810136 Citizens Advice Bureau 01584 810860 Malvern Hills District Council 0845 309


Tenbury Council(Clerk) 01584 810118 Library 01584 822722(Closed Weds)


A world of trees in one place A comprehensive range of fruit and ornamental trees direct from the grower. The widest range and highest quality trees in the UK!

Frank P Matthews Tree Nursery Berrington Court Tenbury Wells Worcestershire WR15 8TH

Tel - 01584812800 Open Mon-Fri 9am-5pm Saturday - 9am - 1pm Email - treeshop@fpmatthews.co.uk

THE ROEBUCK INN Country Pub and Dining

Pub: 01584 711827 Shop: 01584 711127

SHOP - BAR - RESTAURANT Brimfield, Ludlow SY8 4NE

theroebuckinnbrimfield@gmail.com www.theroebuckinnbrimfield.co.uk

A Michelin Star ingredient-led restaurant near Tenbury Wells

www.pensons.co.uk t. 01885 410333 e.bookings@pensons.co.uk @pensonsrestaurant

Visit Tenbury Wells

Tourist Information Centre

48 Teme St, Tenbury Wells WR15 8AA Visit the lovely team of volunteers at Tenbury Tourist Information Centre, for ideas on where to go and what to see around Tenbury Wells in the Teme valley and beyond. A friendly welcome




www.tenburywells.info www.VisitTheMalverns.org/TenburyWells




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Tenbury Wells Tourist Guide 2019  

Tenbury Wells is an ancient market town in the north west corner of Worcestershire, close to the borders of both Shropshire and Herefordshir...

Tenbury Wells Tourist Guide 2019  

Tenbury Wells is an ancient market town in the north west corner of Worcestershire, close to the borders of both Shropshire and Herefordshir...

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