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Twineham church
Twineham is located in West Sussex
Location within West Sussex
Area7.84 km2 (3.03 sq mi) [1]
Population271 [1] 2001 Census
306 (2011 Census)[2]
• Density35/km2 (91/sq mi)
OS grid referenceTQ256198
• London37 miles (60 km) N
Civil parish
  • Twineham
Shire county
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Postcode districtRH17
Dialling code01444
FireWest Sussex
AmbulanceSouth East Coast
EU ParliamentSouth East England
UK Parliament
WebsiteTwineham Parish Council
List of places
West Sussex
50°57′51″N 0°12′46″W / 50.96419°N 0.21273°W / 50.96419; -0.21273Coordinates: 50°57′51″N 0°12′46″W / 50.96419°N 0.21273°W / 50.96419; -0.21273

Twineham is a village and civil parish in the Mid Sussex district of West Sussex, England. It is located eight kilometres (5 miles) to the west of Burgess Hill. The civil parish covers an area of 784 hectares (1,940 acres) In the 2001 census 271 people lived in 100 households, of whom 139 were economically active. The 2011 Census population was 306.[2]

The name 'Twineham' is of Old English origin, meaning 'the homestead between the streams'. In Anglo-Saxon times it was a royal manor.[3] The village centre has no pub, post office or shop. There is only the church and the school.

The eastern River Adur meets another major stream at Twineham. The river then continues to the west of Henfield, where it meets the western Adur to reach the sea at Shoreham-by-Sea.


In 1856, Twineham had a lot more services than nowadays, it had a post office, general shop, butchers, dairy, shoe menders, blacksmith and wheelwright.[citation needed] None of these services are now there.

In 1911, the village started to get its piped water supply from the Burgess Hill Water Company. In 1928, the roads were surfaced, and electricity came to the village in 1936. The village of Twineham has never had its own pub, though there are two pubs in the parish of Twineham.

St Peter's Church[edit]

The church of St Peter is early Tudor, built with mellow red brick and a Horsham stone roof. There are covered pews, a gallery under the tower, which has a peal of five bells, and a Jacobean pulpit. The church is a Grade I listed building for the rarity of small early C16 churches.[4]

The churchyard contains a Quaker burial ground (used between 1694 and 1732) marked by four stone corner posts.


Twineham Church of England School is adjacent to the Church and was opened in 1864. Originally a tithe barn, the building has various additions, the latest in 1997. According to the Ofsted Report of May 2006, the school had 73 pupils on roll coming from the village of Twineham itself and from the surrounding area. Noted was a higher than average proportion of pupils with learning difficulties or disabilities.


Twineham was in the constituency of Arundel and South Downs. It was a fairly new constituency created in 1997, and had only two MP's Howard Flight (Conservative, 1997-2005) and Nick Herbert (Conservative) who received 49.8% of votes in the 2005 general election. Since the constituency boundary changes in 2010 the parish is in the Mid Sussex constituency and so Nicholas Soames is the MP since his election in May 2010.


Twineham & Wineham Cricket Club, founded in 1893, still play at the village's recreation ground. The club plays friendly Sunday matches both at home and away against local village teams between the end of April and the end of September. The club was revived in the early 1980s after some years in the wilderness, and has since gone from strength to strength. In the late 1980s, its membership was boosted by the arrival of players from the recently defunct Warninglid team and the influx of a number of players from Brighton. The club has its own pavilion, though with no toilet. There have been tours to Yorkshire, Devon, Suffolk and Ibiza. The club runs just one team, and has occasionally struggled with numbers, but in 2009 membership is healthier than for many years, due in large part to the feeding through of the next generation. The club now boasts no fewer than six father-son combinations among its members.[citation needed]

Notable residents[edit]

Douglas Bunn, Showjumping entrepreneur and businessman, lived in the parish, near Hickstead and he is also godfather[5] to model Jodie Kidd who married entrepreneur Aidan Butler at St Peter's Church, Twineham on 10 September 2005.[6]


  1. ^ a b "2001 Census: West Sussex – Population by Parish" (PDF). West Sussex County Council. Archived from the original (PDF) on 8 June 2011. Retrieved 10 April 2009.
  2. ^ a b "Civil Parish population 2011". Neighbourhood Statistics. Office for National Statistics. Retrieved 30 September 2016.
  3. ^ Woolf, Alex (2001). "View from the West: An Irish perspective". In Higham, N. J.; Hill, D. H. (eds.). Edward the Elder 899-924. Routledge. p. 98. ISBN 0-415-21497-1.
  4. ^ Historic England. "The Parish Church of St Peter (1284819)". National Heritage List for England. Retrieved 27 November 2019.
  5. ^ Richard Kay (29 August 2005). "Mystery of Snowdon's 'lost art'". Daily Mail. p. 31.
  6. ^ Michael Horsnell (10 September 2005). "Four weddings promise much joy for paparazzi". The Times. p. 11.

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