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Twydall is located in Kent
Location within Kent
Population13,048 (2011.Ward)[1]
OS grid referenceTQ800670
Unitary authority
Ceremonial county
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Postcode districtME8
Dialling code01634
AmbulanceSouth East Coast
UK Parliament
List of places
51°22′26″N 0°35′08″E / 51.3739°N 0.5856°E / 51.3739; 0.5856Coordinates: 51°22′26″N 0°35′08″E / 51.3739°N 0.5856°E / 51.3739; 0.5856

Twydall is a suburb of Gillingham in Kent in south-east England. In 1998 responsibility for local government was transferred from Kent County Council to the newly created Unitary Authority of Medway,[2] The origin of the name Twydall is thought to mean "Two Parts" or "Double Portion" from the Old English twidǣl, but by 1240 it was written Twydele.[3] Two Palmerston forts were built in the area, Grange Redoubt and Woodlands Redoubt: the design used came to be known as the Twydall Profile.[4]

Surrounding area[edit]

Modern Twydall is situated between the A2 and the railway line, but previously it stretched down to the Medway estuary to Sharp's Green and Eastcourt Meadows which are now part of the Riverside Country Park and crossed by the Saxon Shore Way. Many of the road names in Twydall are names after villages within Kent. Districts in the surrounding area include Gillingham, Hempstead, and the Lower Rainham and Rainham Mark areas of Rainham. Lower Twydall is a distinct settlement to the north of Twydall.

Shops in Twydall


There are a number of schools serving the Twydall area, including:

• Danecourt School

Holy Trinity Church


There are a number of churches serving the Twydall area, including:

The Catholic Church, formerly on Beechings Way, closed some years ago and the congregation moved to St Thomas’ Church in Rainham


  1. ^ "Medway Ward population 2011". Retrieved 1 October 2015.
  2. ^ "Medway Council – Local history: Medway in the 20th century 1901 – 2000". 2009. Archived from the original on 9 March 2009. Retrieved 9 June 2012.CS1 maint: unfit URL (link)
  3. ^ Placenames of Kent Judith Glover 1976, 1982, 1992 Meresborough Books ISBN 978-0-905270-61-6.
  4. ^ Gulvin, K., Hughes, Q., "The Twydall Profile", Fort (Fortress Study Group), 1978, (5), pp75-85

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