Tunworth

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Tunworth
All Saints, Tunworth - geograph.org.uk - 256760.jpg
All Saints Church, Tunworth
Tunworth is located in Hampshire
Tunworth
Tunworth
Tunworth shown within Hampshire
Population 224 (2011 Census including Weston Patrick)[1]
Civil parish
  • Tunworth
District
Shire county
Region
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Post town BASINGSTOKE
Postcode district RG25
Dialling code 01256
Police Hampshire
Fire Hampshire
Ambulance South Central
EU Parliament South East England
UK Parliament
List of places
UK
England
Hampshire
51°13′00″N 1°01′00″W / 51.2167°N 1.0167°W / 51.2167; -1.0167Coordinates: 51°13′00″N 1°01′00″W / 51.2167°N 1.0167°W / 51.2167; -1.0167

Tunworth is a hamlet and civil parish in Hampshire.

Geography[edit]

Location[edit]

Tunworth is located in North East Hampshire. Tunworth is located approximately 4 miles (6.4 km) from Basingstoke, the nearest major town. There are numerous villages nearby, such as

  • Upton Grey, 1.5 miles (2.4 km) to the east
  • Weston Patrick, 1.6 miles (2.6 km) to the south east
  • Mapledurwell, 2.8 miles (4.5 km) to the north
  • Winslade, 1.9 miles (3.0 km) to the west
  • Herriard, 3.0 miles (4.8 km) to the south

All distances were determined using Google Maps, and are therefore by road rather than direct.

Physical geography[edit]

The village is spread across several hills, known as the Tunworth Downs. These are caused by the same geological processes as the North Downs. The highest point in Tunworth is around 420 ft (130m)

Buildings[edit]

The little downland church of All Saints, Tunworth, is part of the benefice of Upton Grey. The church is 12th century.[2] The church has Norman origins, though the only real sign of this, after the Victorian restoration, is a window on the north (far) side of the church. A notable grave in the churchyard is that of Colonel Julian Berry, son of the 1st Viscount Camrose of Hackwood Park.[3][4]

Amenities[edit]

Tunworth has one amenity, a bench, placed at the village high point. In 2012, an oak was planted by the bench to mark the Diamond Jubilee of Elizabeth II. There was a school in Tunworth, but this was closed down in the 1950s. Most children now attend either a Basingstoke School or Long Sutton School.

Economy[edit]

The economy of Tunworth is mainly based in the service industry. The land around Tunworth is cultivated, meaning that there is some agriculture. In the past, successful race horses have been bred in Tunworth.[citation needed] A large proportion of Tunworth residents do not work, as Tunworth has a significant amount of older people.

Land ownership[edit]

Rose Cottage

Most the land around Tunworth is either owned by the Herriard Estate, or by Hackwood Park. This land is rented to various farmers and is also used for pheasant shooting. Some property is owned by the Herriard Estate as well, and is rented out.

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