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A small town just across the Staffodshire border. Its broad main street is one of perfect architectural harmony between Tudor, Georgian and Victorian buildings and has been designated a conservation area.

One main feature of Tutbury is the 12th century castle, the ruins of which perch 100 feet above the plain below the towns. It was one of several places where Mary Queen of Scots was imprisoned and in the century it was a Royalist stronghold in the Civil War though reduced by Cromwellian cannon. It is regularly open to the public. Also in an elevated position in the town is the parish church of St. Mary, dating from the 1080's and partly restored by the great architect G.E. Street. Tutbury is also known for its crystal cut glass, and at Chapman's Sheepskins it is often possible to see sheepskins being washed, cleaned, tanned, stretched and dried before being combed and finished.




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