Twyford, a village and an ecclesiastical parish on the banks of Loddon Water, in the civil parish of Hurst, Berks, on the G.W.R., at the junction of the branch to Henley, 5 miles ENE of Reading. There is a post, money order, and telegraph office (R.S.O.), and a station on the railway. The manor belongs to Lord Braybrooke. The living is a vicarage-in the diocese of Oxford; gross value, £340 with residence, in the gift of the Bishop of Oxford. The church, built in 1846, is a building of flint in the Early English style. There are Congregational and Reformed Wesleyan chapels. Th& charities include a school endowment, almshouses for six persons, and small sums distributed in money and clothing.
The following is a list of the administrative units in which this place was either wholly or partly included.
|Poor Law union||Wokingham|
Any dates in this table should be used as a guide only.
The register dates from the year 1847.
Church of England
St. Mary (parish church)
The church of St. Mary is a building of flint in the Early English style, consisting of five bays, aisles, north porch and south western tower containing 8 bells, 6 of which were added in 1913 at a cost of £700: the church was built in 1846, chiefly at the cost of the late Rev. A. A. Cameron, vicar of Hurst, and Miss Currey; a new north aisle was added in 1883 at a cost of £1,993: the church was restored and enlarged in 1908-10, at the cost of £4,800: there are 400 sittings.
There is a Congregational chapel, erected in 1897 with 200 sittings.
There is a Reformed Wesleyan chapel, erected in 1853.
Twyford was in Wokingham Registration District from 1894 to 1974
Directories & Gazetteers
We have transcribed the entry for Twyford from the following:
- Samuel Lewis' A Topographical Dictionary of England, by Samuel Lewis, seventh edition, published 1858. (Twyford)
Land and Property
The Return of Owners of Land in 1873 for Berkshire is available to browse.
Online maps of Twyford are available from a number of sites:
- Bing (Current Ordnance Survey maps).
- Google Streetview.
- National Library of Scotland. (Old maps)
- old-maps.co.uk (Old Ordnance Survey maps to buy).
- Streetmap.co.uk (Current Ordnance Survey maps).
- A Vision of Britain through Time. (Old maps)
Newspapers and Periodicals
The British Newspaper Archive have fully searchable digitised copies of the following Berkshire papers online:
The Visitations of Berkshire 1532, 1566, and 1665-6 is available online.