Twyning

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Twyning
Twyning is located in Gloucestershire
Twyning
Twyning
Twyning shown within Gloucestershire
Population 1,560 (2011)[1]
OS grid reference SO874377
Civil parish
  • Twyning
District
Shire county
Region
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Post town TEWKESBURY
Postcode district GL20
Dialling code 01684
Police Gloucestershire
Fire Gloucestershire
Ambulance South Western
EU Parliament South West England
UK Parliament
  • Tewkesbury
List of places
UK
England
Gloucestershire
52°01′50″N 2°08′50″W / 52.030556°N 2.147222°W / 52.030556; -2.147222Coordinates: 52°01′50″N 2°08′50″W / 52.030556°N 2.147222°W / 52.030556; -2.147222
The Fleet Inn
The River Avon seen from the garden of the Fleet Inn.

Twyning is a village and civil parish on the River Avon in the north of Gloucestershire, near Tewkesbury, England. The parish is first mentioned in the Liber Wigorniensis in about 1016, where it is called Tuinaeum, part of Gretestane in the county of Winchcombeshire [2] and then mentioned in the Doomsday book, described as "Tu(e)ninge, Kings Land : Winchcombe Abbey."[3] The name derives from the Old English for "between the rivers";[4] despite its spelling, it is pronounced "twinning". The parish forms a land 'isthmus' into the county of Worcestershire.

The village is divided into two main parts, the older "Churchend", and "Twyning Green". In addition, within the parish are the hamlets of Shuthonger which straddles the A38, Woodend, Hillend and Stratford Bridge on the border with Worcestershire. It has two pubs, The Fleet at Twyning by the river and the Village Inn overlooking the village green. Boats have traditionally ferried people up the river Avon from Tewkesbury to enjoy the Fleet's hospitality but the service is not currently operating. The parish contains large amounts of common land including Brockeridge Common, and extensive meadows bordering the River Avon.

There is also a small shop which houses a post office and a primary school of approximately 150 pupils. There are still a number of original black and white Tudor houses.

There is recreation complex called TRAC, that contains a park, three tennis courts, a 5-a-side football pitch and a pavilion. The village is fortunate to escape the floods that regularly blight this area, as it is situated on a slope up from the river. However, some properties (especially the riverside Fleet Inn) were affected in the great flood of 2007. The village is surrounded by fishing lakes and various places on the river for anglers.

Churchend[edit]

The older part of the village, Churchend, contains the village church which is dedicated to St Mary Magdalene.[5]

Governance[edit]

An electoral ward of the same name exists. This stretches south from Twyning almost to Tewkesbury. The total population of this ward taken at the 2011 census was 1,668.[6]

Twining surname[edit]

It is thought that the Twining surname is descended from, or at least connected to, the name of the village. There are records of John Twynyng of Tewkesbury making a will in 1412, and a John Twynnyng of Cirencester being sued for a debt in 1483.[7] A 15th century Abbot at Winchcombe Abbey, which is also in Gloucestershire, was called John Twining.[8]

The tea merchants, Twinings, are also thought to originate in Twyning. A branch of the family removed themselves to Painswick in the early Middle Ages and worked in the wool trade. In the 17th century Thomas Twining moved to London during a period of economic depression and began his tea business.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Parish population 2011.Retrieved 2 April 2015". 
  2. ^ Whybra, Julian (1990). A Lost English County - Wincombeshire. Boydell & Brewer. p. 20. ISBN 0-85115-5006. 
  3. ^ http://www.domesdaybook.co.uk/gloucestershire3.html#twyning]]
  4. ^ Mills, A. D. (1996). The Popular Dictionary of English Place-Names. Parragon Book Services Ltd and Magpie Books. p. 336. ISBN 0-7525-1851-8. 
  5. ^ Twyning, St Mary Magdalene - a church near you
  6. ^ "Ward population 2011.Retrieved 2 April 2015". 
  7. ^ http://aalt.law.uh.edu/Indices/CP40Indices/CP40no885A/CP40no885APl.htm
  8. ^ Genealogy of the Twining family Thomas Jefferson Twining, 1890