Tewkesbury Abbey is one of the finest examples of Norman architecture surviving in England. The original church was built in the 8th century, however the current building began construction in the 12th century. The abbey was one of the richest in all of medieval England, and is home of the graves of two great Plantagenets, George Duke of Clarence and Isabel Neville. During the Battle of Tewkesbury in 1471, Lancastrian nobles fled into the abbey, hoping to claim sanctuary. However, Edward IV broke sanctuary and violence broke out within the abbey walls.
Tewkesbury Abbey is one of my favorite churches in England. After Wells Cathedral, I find Tewkesbury to be unique and beautiful in its own way. Its fantastic Norman architecture and historical significance makes it a perfect stop on a trip to Gloucestershire!