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Twyford shown within Berkshire
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Twyford is a village and civil parish in the English Royal county of Berkshire with a population of about 7,000 people. It is in the Thames Valley at grid reference SU794752 on the A4 between Reading and Maidenhead, close to Henley-on-Thames and Wokingham.
Twyford was primarily an agricultural settlement until the coming of the railway in 1838 put it on the main line to the west and subsequently made it a junction for the Henley Branch Line. However, its position on the Bath Road had always brought activity which was centred on the King's Arms, an important coaching inn. The opening of a by-pass in 1929 finally ended the east-west flow of main road traffic through the centre, but Twyford is still on a busy north-south route from Wokingham in the south to Henley in the north. The greatest expansion, however, has taken place since the Second World War, particularly in the last 50 years, with the construction of several estates north and south of the village. The population at the 2001 census was 6,216, but Twyford is still affectionately known by the residents as a village.
Twyford today is largely a commuter settlement for workers travelling to Reading, Maidenhead, Wokingham and, further afield, London. Local commerce and hence employment is limited by its closeness to the major conurbations of Reading and Maidenhead, where major shopping facilities are.
It does, however, have a Waitrose supermarket and other shops, which makes it the local centre for the northern part of Wokingham district. A Tesco Express opened in February 2012. The village is considered an affluent area where property prices are significantly higher than the national average (probably due to the fact that Twyford provides an easy route to London). Twyford also has one of the lowest levels of unemployment in the country.
Twyford is also the unlikely global headquarters of the international construction and services company, Interserve, which employs 75,000 people worldwide.
Twyford has its own parish council, and is also in the Borough of Wokingham, and the ceremonial county of Berkshire. Before this it was in Wokingham Rural District and the hundred of Charlton. Until 1895 Twyford was part of the parish of Hurst in the liberty of Broad Hinton. From the 13th century until 1844 Broad Hinton was a detached part of Wiltshire.
Situated in the Thames Valley, Twyford is 10 miles from the M4, M40 and M3 motorways and 25 miles (40 km) from the M25. Twyford railway station is on the Great Western Main Line and served by trains between Reading and London Paddington stations. These links make Twyford very popular with commuters. The town of Reading is 6 miles (10 km) to the west, with Maidenhead 7.5 miles (12 km) to the east and Henley-on-Thames 5 miles (8 km) to the north. London is 35 miles (56 km) to the east.
Twyford has two recreation grounds, both owned and managed by the Parish Council. King George's Field (also called The Rec), between London Road and Wargrave Road has football pitches, three tennis courts, children's playgrounds, a youth shelter and is where the yearly fireworks are held by Twyford Round Table. A project to build a skate park and ball court in the field was completed in July 2008. Stanlake Meadow, off Waltham Road, has football pitches, a cricket square used by Twyford & Ruscombe Cricket Club and a pavilion which is also used as a nursery school.
Twyford also has a youth football club called Twyford Comets which plays on both recreation grounds.
Twyford has a tennis club, a bowls club with its own green and claims to have the oldest Badminton club in the country.
- Ditchfield, P.H.; Page, W.H., eds. (1923). A History of the County of Berkshire, Volume 3. Victoria County History. pp. 247–260.
- Pevsner, Nikolaus (1966). Berkshire. The Buildings of England. Harmondsworth: Penguin Books. p. 243.
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