|County||Gloucestershire (4 castles)||Categories|
|Remains||Excellent remains||Access||Only open at certain times|
|Location||51.99084,-2.160148||Directions||Directions via Google Maps|
Dimensions of main church
|West wall to east window||255||0|
|Length of nave||158||0|
|Length of choir||97||0|
|Height of nave||59||0|
|Width of nave||71||6|
|Height of tower||148||0|
|The ground/floor plan of Tewkesbury Abbey|
William Rufus gave the Manor of Tewkesbury to his cousin, Robert FitzHamon. Together with the patronage of the Priory of Tewkesbury.
Robert FitzHamon, the cousin of William Rufus, together with Abbot Giraldus, founded the present Abbey at Tewkesbury.
Robert FitzHamon died of his injuries at Falaise in Normandy. His son-in-law Robert Fitzroy succeeded to the Manor of Tewkesbury and continued the building the Abbey at Tewkesbury.
Five bishops took part in the consecration of Tewkesbury Abbey.
The Yorkists led by King Edward IV and his brother Richard Duke of Gloucester met the Lancastrians at Tewkesbury. Richard was able to outflank the Lancastrians led by Edmund Beaufort, the self-proclaimed Duke of Somerset. Once Somerset's men had been dealt with, Richard attacked the rear of the Lancastrian line which broke apart and fled. Many of the Lancastrian leaders were caught and killed including Edward the Prince of Wales. Margaret of Anjou, the wife of King Henry VI, was also captured.
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