A Tudor House built for the pleasure of Henry VIII
Acton Court is believed to be the most original Tudor house in Britain. The East wing was built by Nicholas Poyntz in 1535 for a weekend visit by Henry VIII and Anne Boleyn.
In 2019, the gardens at Acton Court will open for three Sundays (2 June, 9 June, 16 June) in support of the National Garden Scheme charities. Acton Court will be sponsoring some ticketed and free special events to accompany the openings.
Acton Court will be sponsoring Heritage Open Day tours of the house and grounds on 13, 14 & 15 September. Tickets will be available from June. Admission free. There will be a concert on Sunday 15 September.
Light refreshments will be available at all events.
Latteridge Road, Iron Acton BS37 9TL
Tel: 01454 228224
Berkeley Castle is perfect for a family day out. The Castle and Gardens are open from Easter to October, and you can visit the Butterfly House from May to September.
In addition the Castle promotes a programme of special events throughout the year and is a unique and distinguished venue to hire for special occasions.
Check our website for opening times, prices and events.
Berkeley Castle, Berkeley GL13 9BQ
Tel: 01453 810303
The Birthplace of Vaccination
The Chantry, Church Lane, Berkeley GL13 9BN
Tel: 01453 810631
Lots of links to historical resources for family history research.
Visit Eric Dodd's fascinating site for many photos of Thornbury past and modern, with some excellent side-by-side then-and-now comparisons.
Explore your neighbourhood online through historic maps, images and linked information with this digital heritage mapping project.
The origins of Porch House date back to at least the fifteenth century, though it has been altered and extended over the years. It has had a varied history – reputedly being attacked during the Civil War, and serving variously as farm house, private home, butcher’s shop, accountant’s office, tailor’s shop, home of the town football team, church and priest’s house. Porch House, which belongs to the Catholic Community in Thornbury, is used by many local community groups of all ages and interests and is the venue for popular amateur dramatics and other events.
Check out our website for a virtual tour of Porch House.
The museum was started in 1986 to house a collection of artefacts bequeathed to The Thornbury Society, and rapidly expanded. It is managed by the Thornbury & District Heritage Trust, a registered charity as well as a Trust company, and is supported by South Gloucestershire Council and Thornbury Town Council. It is an independent museum and financed by grants and donations. Come to visit our exhibition rooms, chat to our volunteers, visit our shop, enjoy your local museum.
The museum is next to the Armstrong Hall, and opening times are Tuesday to Friday 1-4pm, and Saturday 10-4pm. We have a small shop with books, leaflets, pamphlets, postcards, all of local interest.
Postal address: Thornbury & District Museum, c/o The Town Hall, 35 High Street, Thornbury, BS35 2AR
Chapel Street, Thornbury
Tel: 01454 857774
This site has an excellent database of monumental inscriptions from Thornbury Cemetery and St Mary's Church, complete with photographs, and has recently added the monumental inscriptions from the United Reformed Church as well as details of births, marriages and burials from the URC registers up to about 1900.
There's a searchable database of Thornbury Trade directories, with 24 directories included, covering the period 1790 to 1939. There are also various Voter Lists, Coroners Lists, Street Directories and a gallery of old Thornbury adverts from local businesses.
There are in-depth histories of the houses in many of the older streets of Thornbury and of the families who lived in them with an extensive collection of photographs.
A glimpse into the past of the parish of Tytherington
Interested? Email: email@example.com
or ring Roger Howell on .
Tel: 01454 415035
Historical information and statistics about the town and area from the Vision of Britain project.
Thornbury's War Memorials are based at St Mary's Church.
Woodchester Mansion is a 19th Century Victorian Gothic Masterpiece mysteriously abandoned mid-construction in 1873. Hidden in a secluded Cotswold valley, it is untouched by time and the modern world.