Twyford, Buckinghamshire

Twyford is a village and civil parish in the Aylesbury Vale district of Buckinghamshire, England. It is about 2 miles (3 km) west of Steeple Claydon and 4 miles (6.4 km) northeast of Bicester in Oxfordshire.

Twyford
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Parish church of the Assumption
Twyford is located in Buckinghamshire
Twyford
Twyford
Location within Buckinghamshire
Population566 (2011 Census)[1]
OS grid referenceSP6626
Civil parish
  • Twyford
District
Shire county
Region
CountryEngland
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Post townBuckingham
Postcode districtMK18
Dialling code01296
PoliceThames Valley
FireBuckinghamshire
AmbulanceSouth Central
UK Parliament
WebsiteTwyford Parish Council
List of places
UK
England
Buckinghamshire
51°55′55″N 1°02′06″W / 51.932°N 1.035°W / 51.932; -1.035Coordinates: 51°55′55″N 1°02′06″W / 51.932°N 1.035°W / 51.932; -1.035

Twyford's toponym is derived from the Old English for "double ford". It is a common name in England.

The village has a Church of England parish church, a URC chapel and a Church of England primary school. There is one public house, one general store which is community owned and run by volunteers.

Parish churchEdit

The Church of England parish church of the Assumption of the Blesséd Virgin Mary is 12th-century, with four-bay 13th-century nave arcades and a 14th-century west tower.[2] Monuments in the church include a large baroque one in the south aisle commemorating Richard Wenman, 1st Viscount Wenman, and a smaller one to his father Thomas Wenman.

The tower has a ring of six bells. The fifth bell was cast by an unidentified bellfounder in about 1599.[3] W&J Taylor cast the treble bell in 1828 at their then foundry in Oxford.[3] William Blew and Sons of Birmingham cast the fourth bell in 1869.[3] Gillett & Johnston of Croydon cast the treble, second and third bells in 1907.[3] There is also a Sanctus bell that was cast in about 1699.[3]

The church is a Grade I listed building.[2]

AmenitiesEdit

 
The Crown Inn

Twyford's one public house is The Crown Inn.[4] There used to be three, but both The Red Lion and The Seven Stars were closed and converted in the past 15 years.[when?]

Twyford Church of England School is a mixed, voluntary controlled infants' school for the 4–11 age range. The school once taught as few as 25 pupils, but has since recovered to its highest class numbers ever, at just over 100.[citation needed]

Notable residentsEdit

Two brothers who achieved high episcopal office, Euseby Cleaver (1746-1819), Archbishop of Dublin, and William Cleaver (1742-1815), Bishop of Bangor, were born in Twyford, where their father was headmaster of the local boys school.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Area: Twyford (Parish): Key Figures for 2011 Census: Key Statistics". Neighbourhood Statistics. Office for National Statistics. Retrieved 3 February 2013.
  2. ^ a b Historic England (13 July 1966). "Church of St Mary (1215009)". National Heritage List for England. Retrieved 24 July 2013.
  3. ^ a b c d e "Twyford Assumption of The BVM". Dove's Guide for Church Bell Ringers. Central Council of Church Bell Ringers. Retrieved 24 July 2013.
  4. ^ The Crown Inn, Twyford

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