Tutbury is a large village and civil parish of about 3,076 residents
in the English county of Staffordshire.
It is surrounded by the agricultural countryside of both Staffordshire
and Derbyshire. The site has been inhabited for over 3,000 years, with
Iron Age defensive ditches encircling the main defensive hill, upon
which now stand ruins of a Norman castle. These ditches can be seen
most clearly at the Park pale and at the top of the steep hills behind
Tutbury probably derives from a Scandinavian settler and
subsequent chief of the hill-fort, Totta, bury being a corruption of
burh the Anglo-Saxon name for 'fortified place'. It is 5 miles
(8.0 km) north of
Burton upon Trent
Burton upon Trent and 20 miles (32 km)
south of the Peak District.
Tutbury once produced alabaster which was used in the
carving of Nottingham Alabaster.
Tutbury Crystal, a manufacturer of high-quality cut glass
products, was based in the village. However production was transferred
Stoke-on-Trent as the existing factory was very old and was thought
to be too small for the modern company's requirements. The old factory
was demolished and flats were built on the site, but a factory shop
still operates in the village. Despite this, the tourism trade
survives thanks to the long and distinguished history of the Norman
Priory Church and medieval
Tutbury Castle where Mary, Queen of Scots,
was once imprisoned.
Tutbury Castle at dusk
West front of St Mary's Church (circa 1160)
Tutbury Castle became the headquarters of
Henry de Ferrers
Henry de Ferrers and was the
centre of the wapentake of Appletree, which included Duffield Frith.
With his wife Bertha, he endowed
Tutbury Priory with two manors in
about 1080. It would seem that
Tutbury at that time was a dependency
of the Norman abbey of St Pierre‑sur‑Dives. One of the Royal
Studs was established in the area round the castle by Henry VIII but
had to be abandoned after the Civil War.
Until the 18th century,
Tutbury was the site of an annual court of
minstrels. There was even a "King of the Minstrels".
There are some fine Georgian and Regency buildings and the
half-timbered Dog and Partridge Hotel. There are antique and craft
shops in the village some of which have been run by the same families
for many years.
Tutbury and Hatton railway station, was opened by the North
Staffordshire Railway on 11 September 1848. It then closed during the
1960s to reopen in 1989. It is on the Crewe to Derby Line.
Tutbury Priory Church, dedicated to the Blessed Virgin Mary, has a
unique west door with the only known
Alabaster Arch (circa 1160) in
The Natural History of
Tutbury describing the fauna and flora of the
Tutbury and Burton on Trent, by Sir Oswald Mosley
and Edwin Brown, was published in 1863.
The village of
Tutbury was featured in the
Most Haunted spin-off
series Most Haunted: Midsummer Murders where the team investigated a
murder over hidden treasure.
^ Marios Costambeys, 'Ferrers, Henry de (d. 1093x1 100)’, Oxford
Dictionary of National Biography, Oxford University Press, Sept 2004;
online edn, May 2007 [ 61, accessed 28 Oct 2007]
^ "Some Notes on Foundation Breeders and Early Running Horses".
Thoroughbred Heritage. Retrieved 2011-10-06.
^ Mosley, Oswald, Sir. History of the Castle, Priory and Town of
Tutbury, in the county of Stafford.
Tutbury Priory Church". www.tutburystmarys.org.uk. Retrieved
25 July 2017.
^ Mosley, Oswald; Brown, Edwin (1863). The Natural History of
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