The Dog & Partridge
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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 Park Lane.
The name 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 and 20 miles (32 km) south of the Peak District.
Until 2006, Tutbury Crystal, a manufacturer of high-quality cut glass products, was based in the village. However production was transferred to 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.
The castle became the headquarters of 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.
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.
- William de Ferrers, 3rd Earl of Derby (died 1190) was an English Earl who resided in Tutbury Castle
- Robert de Ferrers, 6th Earl of Derby (1239–1279) was an English nobleman, born at Tutbury Castle
- Ann Moore (1761–1813) the notorious fasting-woman of Tutbury. From 1807 to 1813, she claimed to have eaten nothing at all, but her claims were eventually shown to be a hoax.
- Benjamin Brook (1776–1848) an English nonconformist minister and religious historian, the first pastor of the congregational church at Tutbury in 1801
- Walter Lyon (1841–1918 in Tutbury) an English cricketer who played in first-class cricket matches for Cambridge University between 1861 and 1863. In 1865, he and his younger brother Charles moved to Tutbury to take over the cotton mill
- John Henry Davies (c. 1864 in Tutbury – 1927) a wealthy British brewery owner who in 1902 took over the football club Manchester United, which was then called Newton Heath.
- Thomas Richardson (1865–1923) cricketer who played first-class cricket for Derbyshire in 1895. Born and died in Tutbury
- George Harris (born 1877) an English professional footballer who played 71 pro games and on retirement became the landlord of a public house at Tutbury
- Air Vice Marshal William Staton, CB, DSO & Bar, MC, DFC & Bar (1898 in Tutbury – 1983) a WW1 British airman, later WW2 Japanese PoW and senior RAF officer
- Joseph Nelis (1917–1994) a Belgian footballer, was born in Tutbury
- 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 6 October 2011.
- Mosley, Oswald, Sir. History of the Castle, Priory and Town of Tutbury, in the county of Stafford.
- "CoPAA – Conservation of the Priory Alabaster Arch". St. Mary's Priory Church, Tutbury. Retrieved 31 March 2019.
- Mosley, Oswald; Brown, Edwin (1863). The Natural History of Tutbury.