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Teddington is a village and parish in Gloucestershire, England.SightsThe village boasts an ancient church that is thought to be over 1,000 years old. The interior wall has a partially faded mural of the Lion and the Unicorn that may date from the 17th century.PopulationThe village has a population of less than 300, of which the majority are professional commuters and elderly pensioners. The population increased to 393 at the 2011 census. It has an archaic water pump, a village hall and some property dating from the 18th century and earlier. Nearby is the "Teddington Hands" pub, the name of which refers to the crossroads sign that was renovated as part of the 2000 Millennium celebrations. Opposite the pub and outside a Texaco service station is a standing stone of purportedly mystical significance and is believed to be over 2,000 years old.In recent years, the village has been host to a murder in 1993 where a male resident, who worked as a computer analyst, killed his wife and two children, before killing himself two days later. There are two tombstones in the church graveyard that mark the murder.HistoryTeddington was rumoured to have been founded by a traveller who was fond of making drinks. He wanted to open a pub in an area of flourishing population so that he would get lots of business. Finally he sought out a town but with very little people, but still he decided to stay and ask if the people there would help him build his tavern. The inhabitants agreed and they built the bar. After the structure was completed the people thought that it was such a magnificent building that they named the area, Teddington – as was the man's surname- and the name of the pub, Teddington Hands as it had been made from scratch with the makers’ bare hands. Of course there are thousands of rumours and stories of how it was founded but this is one of the most believable. However the Teddington Hands Inn was originally known as the Cross Hands Inn and the name change only took place in the late 1980s after construction of the Teddington Hands Roundabout which realigned the Stow road away from the side of the premises due to a high volume of serious road traffic accidents. The area gets its name from the historic fingerpost which formerly stood at the crossroads but now stands adjacent to the entrance to the pub. The finger post is a listed structure.
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