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.
Changes at the Ringwood Group
New Group Organiser at Ringwood After 15 years, Paul Pinhorne is stepping down from leading the Ringwood Group to concentrate on his recent appointment as Chairman of the Hampshire Genealogical Society.
Tragedy off Hurst Castle
Identical reports in the Hampshire Chronicle and Hampshire Telegraph, both published on 14th February 1820, describe a tragedy that happened off Hurst Castle on Friday 5th February.
Benefits of the Wills Beneficiary Index (WBI)
Benefits of the Wills Beneficiary Index (WBI) Wills can be a wonderful source of information for family historians. The WBI, centred on Hampshire, contains the names of people that have been extracted by volunteers from many of the wills that are held in the HRO.
Poor Law Union Gazette – 2
Another interesting entry appeared in the Poor Law Union Gazette on 25 April 1857 naming Lewis POSNER, formerly of Southampton, who the Southampton Union would like to get their hands on.
East Tisted village booklet now available
East Tisted, (VB098) is located on the A32 that runs south from Alton which is 4 miles to the north. Rotherfield Park and its associated estate is in the western part of the parish and covers 432 acres which includes 14 acres of garden and 62 acres of ornamental woodland.