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"TWYFORD, constitued a civil parish 23 June 1895, is on the banks of the Loddon water, and is an ecclesiastical parish, formed April 14, 1876 out of the hamlet of Twyford, in the liberties of Broad Hinton and Whistley, under the Benefice Act, 1838 (1 and 2 Vic. c. 106); it has a station on the Great Western railway, which is also the junction of the line to Henley, and is 5 miles east from Reading, 7 1/2 miles south-west from Maidenhead, 4 south from Henley-on-Thames and 34 from London, and is in the Eastrn Division of the county, petty sessional division and union of Wokingham, county court district of Reading, rural deanery of Sonning, archdeaconry of Berks and diocese of Oxford...."

From Kelly's Directory of Berkshire (1915), transcribed by Robert Monk ©2012.

Other descriptions can be found from other periods in various trade directories covering Berkshire from the early 19th century onwards and from A Vision of Britain Through Time.


Archives and Libraries

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Historical Geography

Twyford was in the hundred of Charlton, but note:Twyford was a chapelry of Hurst, with first a chapel built under the will of Edward Polehampton, who died in 1721. Twyford St Mary parish was not formed until 1848 after the church was constructed the year before.  Both Hurst and Twyford (effectively a small northern piece of the original ancient parish if Hurst) essentially formed part of Charlton Hundred from pre-Norman times onwards.  In 1832 the parish of Hurst comprised four Liberties (Liberty = a manor or group of manors, or other area that lies outside the jurisdiction of the sheriff (a county official)). Whistley was in Charlton Hundred, Broad Hinton (then in Wiltshire) but later (in 1844) was also annexed to Charlton Hundred. The Liberties of Newland and Winnersh are in the south of the parish.  Hurst parish was just short of 7,000 acres in extent and about half of this area was in the Charlton Hundred.  Whistley Liberty was almost 2,000 acres with Hurst Church and village at its centre.  By the 14th Century, Charlton Hundred was in the possession of the King, and Sonning Hundred (not in existence as such at Domesday) had the Bishop of Salisbury as its Lord.

You can see the administrative areas in which Twyford has been placed at times in the past. Select one to see a link to a map of that particular area.




Poor Houses, Poor Law etc.

Twyford was in the Wokingham Union.  For more information, see Poorhouses.