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Tidworth Camp - geograph.org.uk - 484675.jpg
Tidworth Camp: a view over the garrison from Clarendon Hill
Tidworth is located in Wiltshire
 Tidworth shown within Wiltshire
Population 10,621 (in 2011)[1]
OS grid reference SU2348
Unitary authority Wiltshire
Ceremonial county Wiltshire
Region South West
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Post town TIDWORTH
Postcode district SP9
Dialling code 01980
Police Wiltshire
Fire Wiltshire
Ambulance South Western
EU Parliament South West England
UK Parliament Devizes
Website Town Council
List of places

Coordinates: 51°14′13″N 1°39′50″W / 51.237°N 1.664°W / 51.237; -1.664

Tidworth is a garrison town and civil parish in south-east Wiltshire, England, located along the A338 road and close to the A303 road. It has a growing civilian population. Situated at the eastern edge of Salisbury Plain, it is approximately 10 miles (16 km) west of Andover, 12 miles (19 km) south of Marlborough, 24 miles (39 km) south of Swindon, 15 miles (24 km) north by north-east of Salisbury and 6 miles (9.7 km) east of Amesbury. Its population is approximately 10,600.[when?]


Tidworth was listed in the Domesday Book as Todeorde, in the Andover Hundred, in "Hantscire". It was once the family home of the Studd family. On John Speed's maps (1611), the town is referred to as Tudworth, North Tudworth belonging to Amesbury hundred in "Wilshire", and South Tudworth to Andover hundred in "Hamshire". When the boundary between Wiltshire and Hampshire was redrawn in 1992, the old distinction between North Tidworth and South Tidworth vanished, and the entire town became part of Wiltshire. The two parts remained as separate civil parishes until 1 April 2004.


In recent years the population of the town has increased as Tidworth Camp has expanded. The population of Tidworth will continue to increase with the implementation of the Army Basing Plan leading up to 2020.


The parish elects a town council. The parish includes the village of Perham Down. It is in the area of Wiltshire Council unitary authority, which is responsible for most local government functions.

An electoral ward exists with the same name. The population of the ward taken at the 2011 census was 9,174.[2]


Its situation near the A303, and hence the M3, places Tidworth within commuting distance of London.

Tidworth has a small commercial area, containing: two supermarkets (a Lidl and a large Tesco opened in December 2007), two hairdresser salons, two veterinary surgeries, a pharmacy, and a Mobile phone store, and various takeaway outlets. This area is based upon Station Road (so named because there was once a railway station there). At the base of this hill is a dental surgery (completed in 2005) which serves Tidworth and the surrounding area (approx. 5,000 people). In 2003 a new medical centre was completed, the cost being split between the Ministry of Defence and the NHS and it serves both the armed forces and their dependents within the surrounding area. There are also a dental surgery and doctors surgery off Drummers Lane near the top of Station Road, complete with newer pharmacy.

Tidworth has one of the lowest crime rates per thousand in Wiltshire and between the years of 1990 and 2004 only one major crime took place.[3] In 2014, it was rated by the Royal Mail as the most attractive postcode area to live in England. [4]


The community is served by three primary schools and an infant school.

The Wellington Academy, which was partly sponsored by Wellington College, opened in September 2009, replacing Castledown School. The academy also has a sixth form college, a 3G all weather sports pitch, and dedicated CCF facilities run by Colonel Newman, a retired army colonel. The parent unit of the CCF is 22 Royal Engineers, housed nearby at the Swinton barracks. The local garrison commander is a governor of the academy.

Religious sites[edit]

The Anglican Church of the Holy Trinity was rebuilt in the 15th century on the site of a church from the 12th or 13th centuries.[5][6] It is Grade II* listed.[7]

The Roman Catholic Church of St George and St Patrick, North Tidworth, was built in 1912.[8][9]

St Mary's Church

St Mary's Church in South Tidworth was built in 1878. It is Grade I listed[10] and is now in the care of the Churches Conservation Trust.[11]


  • The musician James Blunt was born in Tidworth.
  • The Studd family of the Ashes fame owned and lived in Tedworth House.
  • Tidworth Polo Club is the second largest in the country and frequently plays host to royals such as Princes William and Harry.
  • Tidworth Garrison Golf Club was constructed in 1904 initially for use by army officers. It was established in 1908 and gradually made available to all ranks and civilians. In 2000 it became a limited company.[12]


  1. ^ "Wiltshire Community History - Census". Wiltshire Council. Retrieved 30 May 2015. 
  2. ^ "Ward population 2011". Office for National Statistics. Retrieved 16 March 2015. 
  3. ^ "Tidworth". UK Crime Stats. 
  4. ^ "UK's 'most desirable' postcodes revealed". BBC News. 
  5. ^ "Holy Trinity Church, Tidworth". Wiltshire Community History. Wiltshire Council. Retrieved 30 May 2015. 
  6. ^ "Holy Trinity, Tidworth". A Church Near You. Archbishops' Council. Retrieved 30 May 2015. 
  7. ^ Historic England. "Church of the Holy Trinity, Tidworth (1036009)". National Heritage List for England. Retrieved 30 May 2015. 
  8. ^ "Roman Catholic Church of St. George and St. Patrick, North Tidworth". Wiltshire Community History. Wiltshire Council. Retrieved 30 May 2015. 
  9. ^ "SS Patrick & George, Tidworth". Catholic Directory. Retrieved 30 May 2015. 
  10. ^ Historic England. "Church of St Mary, Tidworth (1093240)". National Heritage List for England. Retrieved 30 May 2015. 
  11. ^ "St Mary, South Tidworth". Churches Conservation Trust. Retrieved 16 October 2010. 
  12. ^ "About Tidworth". Tidworth Garrison Golf Club. 

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