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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

Hunter Park Improvements

Contractors will be starting work on improvements to the Hunter Park play area on the 24th June. 

The work will take up to 4 weeks to complete and is planned to be ready for the start of the school summer holidays.  During this time the play area will fenced off and not available to use. 

Work to improve the facilities at Hunter Park will include the laying of a rubber mulch surface within the play area, refurbishment of existing play equipment, including the sandpit, a new bench and  the installation of an octopus see saw.

The basketball court will be totally upgraded with the resurfacing of part of the court and the installation of a basketball hoop and mesh backing fence. The remainder of the court will be dug up and a Clamber Stax climbing frame installed with protective wood chip surface laid. A division between the two sections of the court will be constructed with goal targets on one side and a low climbing wall on the other. A compacted stone path around the area will complete the project.

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A Grand Day Out

On 17th April 2021, a drowning of the Twyford water meadows took place. This was witnessed by a good crowd including a celebrity, Chris Packham. Chris was with a BBC film crew making a film of a walk along the Itchen from Bishopstoke to Winchester. These are a few photos from that afternoon. Click on …

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Snowdrop Saturday 2021

  Have you seen the snowdrops appearing all over St Mary’s churchyard?  Since 2000, we’ve  celebrated Snowdrop Saturday, with local people digging in snowdrops they’ve brought from their gardens. Over the years this has become a popular part of our village and social calendar. As a Fairtrade church we’ve always planned the date to coincide …

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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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