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Twyford – an overview

Twyford is defined by its landscape and heritage, by the built environment and by the people who live in the Parish.  Most recently, its inclusion within the South Downs National Park establishes its role in policy terms.

Photograph showing sunset over the water meadows
Sunset over water meadows

Twyford has a strong sense of place, continuity and community.  It is one of the most popular villages in Hampshire because of its range of amenities, its outstanding environment, proximity to the historic city of Winchester and good road and rail access to London and the South.

Itchen Navigation

Twyford’s downland landscape gives it a rich biological diversity.  The River Itchen and much of its water meadows are of European and national importance.  Twyford has good areas of downland which have survived without ploughing, especially Twyford Down, Hockley Golf Course and Watley Down. There are ancient woodlands at Gabriel’s Copse, Cockscomb Hill Copse, Roundbushes Copse and Hazeley Copse.  Around the village and within it are small fields, open spaces and large gardens – the historic setting of the ancient village.

View across to St Mary’s Church

Twyford has an outstanding heritage. The village shows evidence of continuous occupation, perhaps as far back as the Bronze Age (2000 BC).  The church is thought to stand on a ritual site from the Iron Age (1200 BC).  An early Saxon cemetery with 6th Century burial goods was discovered in the village  in 2008; the written records date from about 900 AD and are continuous from 1108 AD. There are seven Ancient Monuments within the parish and around 70 Listed Buildings.

Twyford Parish Boundary

St Mary’s Church, Twyford – Congratulations on your Bronze Eco Church Award!

Eco church is an award scheme designed to motivate and resource churches in the UK to care for the planet as part of their everyday work and witness.  Recognising that we were now in a climate crisis, we as a church community were determined to do something about it.  By registering as an Eco church, …

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CO Awareness Week 2020

The Carbon Monoxide Awareness Week (23-29 November) is an opportunity to raise further awareness of the dangers of carbon monoxide (CO) and ensure that everyone knows how to protect themselves from the deadly gas. Around 30 people die each year from carbon monoxide poisoning and another 4,000 are treated in hospital but the true number is …

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St Mary’s Church – Latest ECO developments

We have been talking to ECO groups in the village about the opportunities for nature conservation, and have confirmed that the bank which runs laterally across the churchyard will continue to be lightly strimmed once per year in the autumn, in order not to disturb the wild flowers, particularly primroses, which flourish there and also …

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Green Action Week

Green Action Week starts on Sunday 20th September. Several events associated with understanding the scale of the problem and creating a low carbon culture. These will help you gain an awareness of the carbon costs and impacts of everyday activities and the create the motivation to reduce emissions, on an individual, community and organisational basis. …

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