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The suffix to the name Tanworth refers to the Forest of Arden in which the village lay. Notable historical buildings still standing in the village include The Bell Inn public house and the 14th-century Church of St. Mary Magdalene. The boxer "Gentleman" Jack Hood was the licensee of The Bell for 36 years, displaying above the bar the Lonsdale belt that he won on 31 May 1926. (The belt was sold by his daughters in 2011.)
The grave of nine-times world motorcycle champion Mike Hailwood MBE, GM, and his daughter Michelle, who were both killed in a car accident at Portway in 1981, are also to be found here . An annual memorial motorcycle run was held every March from the former Norton motorcycle factory to Tanworth, although this was stopped after the 2011 event .
The village lies close to the ex-Great Western Railway line from Birmingham to Stratford-upon-Avon but has never had a station of its own: rather it lies midway between two others - Wood End to the north and Danzey to the south, both about a mile distant, though the latter was once known as Danzey for Tanworth .
- Lillington, Catherine (2011) "Boxer "Gentleman" Jack Hood's belt sells for £36,000", Birmingham Mail, 12 September 2011. Retrieved 27 July 2014
- Antiques Trade Gazette, 1 October 2011, page 22