Twyford is an ancient settlement with earliest references dating back to the year 871 when Alfred the Great, his brother Ethelred and their army escaped their Viking pursuers by crossing the River Loddon at Twyford, following the first Battle of Reading.
This is how Twyford gained its Anglo Saxon name, which means double ford. The two fords, on the Old Bath Road to the west of the centre, are now bridged. The bridge nearest the village gave rise to the now Grade II Listed Bridge House, which stands in a commanding position adjacent and majestically looks out west over the River Loddon.
Although there have been a number of noteworthy residents of Twyford, perhaps its most famous son has to be William Penn (1644-1718) who went on to be the founder of Pennsylvania. He spent his last years in Ruscombe Fields, a property close to Twyford and is held in remembrance by a residential street named “Pennfields.” The area continues to attract the great and good, with the current most famous nearby resident being the local MP and now Prime Minster, Theresa May. She is a very active constituency MP and has visited Bridge House on a number of occasions.
Today, this small picturesque town, more commonly referred to as a village by its locals, boasts vital facilities like its GPs, a range of shops and supermarkets that include a Waitrose. There are also excellent schools, extensive leisure amenities and opportunities for engagement with cultural activities within the catchment area. Other desirable places like Henley-on-Thames, Marlow, Windsor, Eton, Bray, Ascot, Reading, Wokingham and London are all accessible by train, none of which are too far.
The historic market towns of Henley and Marlow on Thames are well known for their annual Regatta events and beautiful riverside locations, while Windsor and Ascot are firm favorites with horse racing enthusiasts. Keeping with the sporting theme, golf at Wentworth and Sunningdale, as well as polo at the Guards Club in Windsor Great Park, are firmly established in the British season.
Bray, which is just a 15-minute drive from Twyford, is now recognised for its exceptional fine dining restaurants and award winning cuisine. This large village is now home to some of the finest restaurants outside of London and contains two of the four Michelin starred restaurants in the United Kingdom: The Fat Duck, which is owned and run by Heston Blumenthal and The Waterside Inn, serving French cuisine and run by the Roux family. Heston owns another pub in Bray called The Hinds Head, this also holds a Michelin star. It serves traditional English food and was named in the Michelin Pub Guide “Pub of the Year” in 2014 and 2015. Apart from these, you will also find fine establishments like the Caldesi in Campagna, The Royal Oak, The Belgian Arms, The Beehive and The French Horn in Sonning.
Finally, regional, national and international transport networks are very well connected from Twyford too. The M4, M40, M25 and M3 are a short drive away
Approximately 20 miles / 30 minutes by car
Approximately 40 minutes by train
Less than 10 miles by car