A visitor's guide to Teddington
PUBLISHED: 15:13 17 April 2019 | UPDATED: 15:14 17 April 2019
We've assembled a brief guide to help you to get the most from your visit to Teddington, sponsored by Teddington Stores
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Teddington is the smallest of villages, known to drivers as the site of the Teddington Hands roundabout. Between Evesham, Cheltenham and Tewkesbury, it was the meeting point for six routes. The original Teddington Hands stone post still points the six ways (one now a footpath). As a settlement, Teddington is mentioned in AD780, when the King of Mercia, Offa, gave land to the monastery at Bredon. The manor was reclaimed from the church by Beorhtwulf and was passed back and forth between crown and church for another 700 years.
Most noted for... the Teddington Hands signpost, which is such a part of the village identity it was renovated for the year 2000 millennium celebrations. The post was inscribed for its sponsor Edmund Attwood: Edmund Attwood of the Vine Tree, At the first time erected me, And freely he did this bestow, Strange travellers the way to show. Further inscriptions marked subsequent repairs, dutifully paid for by Charles, Edmund, and Alice Attwood, from the sixth, eighth and tenth generations, respectively. There's still a Vine Tree farm and cottage in the village.
While you're here... visit the village's standing stone, known as the Tibblestone, which is reported to have mystical significance bringing luck, and dates back more than 2,000 years.
But try not to... confuse Teddington with its namesake in Middlesex, or with Taddington or Toddington, which are also in Gloucestershire.
American musician and band leader Glenn Miller visited the Cross Hands Inn (as the Teddington Hands was then known) after entertaining US troops at an American military base close by. His aircraft was downed the very next day. Heavyweight boxer Joe Louis invited villagers to watch his exhibition match hosted at the same base.
St Nicholas Church
With all the usual Cotswold attributes, the outside of the 11th century Church of St Nicholas looks nice but normal, with history of being rebuilt, expanded and repaired over centuries with borrowed stones including an arch reputedly sourced from Hailes Abbey. The inside, however, is extraordinary. You'll find amazing wall paintings preserved, including a post-Reformation mural honouring England's Protestant rulers, King William III and Mary II. The painting depicts a lion and a unicorn, the royal coat of arms, and was painted in 1689, the year of their accession.
Teddington Stores, at Teddington Hands, is a food hall selling traditional fine foods and drink sourced predominantly from Cotswold and Three Counties producers. Known locally as Teddy's the food hall stocks locally reared meat, racks of veg from surrounding farms, has a deli counter packed with English cheeses and accompaniments, and boasts an in-house wine merchant showcasing regional craft ales, ciders, spirits and botanicals. The food hall also sells ready meals, soft drinks and coffee, gifts, hampers and flowers, as well as more general groceries. So much classier than the usual roadside pitstop!
An award-winning silk dyeing and printing business, Beckford Silk has been running a quiet operation just outside Teddington since 1975. James and Marthe Gardner were inspired by the pioneers of the original Arts and Crafts Movement. Now run by the second generation, brother and sister Anne and Robbie Gardner, there's an on-site shop open six days a week. The company's silks have been worn on the BBC's Strictly Come Dancing and by the Princess of Sweden and have appeared in the Daniel Day-Lewis film Phantom Thread. And a Beckford Silk scarf designed for the Hepworth Wakefield gallery won an Association for Cultural Enterprises (ACE) award 2018.
There is a series of motoring events at Prescott, including classic races and the famed Bugatti Festival and hill climb. The hamlet is the home of the Bugatti Owners' Club.
Move here for...
And get: A characterful six bedroom detached country house in a hamlet close to the village. Formerly a coach house and stables, it has four bedrooms, an attic and two bathrooms in the main building, and two bedrooms and a bathroom and a kitchen in the coach house, all set around a courtyard, with gardens.
Eat at: The Teddington Stores Café
Why? The in-store café is open for morning coffee, lunches and afternoon tea, and items on the menu include pastries, pies, soup, sharing platters and homemade cakes. You can stock up your larder here too.
Drink at: Teddington Hands Inn
Why? Known as the last pub that musician Glenn Miller ever visited (probably), the Teddington Hands Inn recently changed hands, so has had some refurbishment. It offers a mixture of locally brewed ales and classic beers, lagers and ciders, plus good wine and traditional pub fare.
Stay at: The Beckford Inn
Why? This 18th century inn has 12 en-suite bedrooms plus a separate cottage in the grounds, two miles outside Teddington, and convenient for Evesham, Tewkesbury and Cheltenham.