Twyford (VB094) is a largish parish just south of Winchester on the B3338 and east from bank of the River Itchen. Winchester is 3 miles to the north. The M3 crosses the north-west part of the parish cutting through Twyford Down. The original name meant two fords that crossed the River Itchen where over the years several water mills have operated. As well as the village school, two private schools have been in the village with one still providing education. Hazeley Down had an Army camp during WWI. In the mid Victorian period there were 6 inns and beer houses around the village. The YOUNG family was one of the ancient parish families with over 200 baptisms between 1629 and 1874. Other local families were SMYTHE or SMITH, FROST, ROGERS and MARSH.
This twelve page booklet includes a great deal of historical information covering Twyford including not only the gentry but also the teachers, publicans and ordinary people. To assist with your research, useful references for Twyford documents and records held at the Hampshire Record Office are given throughout, together with other sources and website addresses for more information.
Discord in Marriage
Interesting little snippets from some of the old newspapers include brief advertisements where husbands have declared that they will not be responsible for their wife’s debts. One item from James LINDSAY appeared in the Hampshire Chronicle printed on 4th September 1820. He said that he would not be answerable for any debts incurred by his […]
HGS on Radio Solent
On Friday 1st February, Radio Solent broadcasted their Sasha Twining Show from the Dolphin Shopping Centre in Poole. Along with two other experts, HGS Chairman and Ringwood Group member Paul Pinhorne, along with Pat and George Hilbert, also from the Ringwood Group were there to help people with their family history research. Many interesting questions […]
Winchfield village booklet now available
Winchfield, (VB101) is located midway between Farnborough and Basingstoke with the A30 forming part of the northern parish boundary. The B3016 crosses the parish from south to north. The Basingstoke Canal forms part of the southern border, the London to Southampton railway crosses the parish and recently the M3 follows the same route. There is […]
Old Alresford village booklet now available
Old Alresford, (VB100) is located midway between Alton and Winchester just north of New Alresford which is on the A31. Alresford Pond is a large lake created in the 12th Century at the head of the River Arle, a tributary of the River Itchen. Several water mills have existed along the river with the restored […]
Knowle War Memorial
Knowle Hospital was open in 1852 as the Hampshire County Lunatic Asylum. The asylum was renamed Knowle Mental Hospital in c.1923 and following the 1948 introduction of the National Health Service Act, became Knowle Hospital. At the beginning of the 20th century, Knowle Hospital was home to over 1000 patients and staff and was a self […]