A Local Guide to Twerton
Tucked away under a tunnel just off of Lower Bristol Road, Twerton is home to many of the city’s most favoured sites, including Bath’s very own football team, Bath City FC.
A Brief History of Twerton
The Domesday Book of 1086 states that Twerton, once Twiverton on Avon, was once in the hold of the Bishop of Coutances, at a time when the area was home to only 32 residencies. Twerton began life as a Saxon settlement on the River Avon, when locals used its waters to mill corn and produce cloth.
Travellers journeying from Bristol to Bath had to pass through Twerton, and during the English Civil War, the area was commandeered by troops. The war ended up costing the neighbourhood what would have been £23,000 today.
Since the 17th century, Twerton has gradually become more and more industrialised, evolving from a humble village as, along with the surrounding areas, it began to explore industries such as weaving, influenced by the industrial activities of the city centre.
A shortage of housing and the increasing population after the Second World War led to widespread building of council houses in the neighbourhood, with more properties constructed here than anywhere else in the city.
Location of Twerton
A suburb in the city of Bath, Twerton sits just to the west of the centre, and is a popular place for residents to live away from the hustle and bustle of the heart of the city.
Things to Do
Foodies of Twerton benefit from the Twerton Chippy directly on their doorstep, offering some of the most favoured fish and chips within the historical city.
If you’re looking for a classic old English pub to wile away a Sunday afternoon in, the Old Crown is the perfect place to grab a traditional Somerset cider. There is also the Full Moon, or, if you fancy listening to some music, the Rec House is Twerton’s own urban arts and music hub.
Twerton high street houses a mini market, a convenience store, a pharmacy, two learning centres, a volunteering organisation, and two hairdressing salons.
A close-knit community, Twerton is also home to many sites that bring the people of the neighbourhood together, such as the Rose Cottage which hosts drop-in sessions for locals throughout the week, as well as acting as a food bank distribution point for those in need to turn to.
Sights to See
Twerton Park offers stunning views from the heights of the city, with rolling green hills for locals and tourists alike to explore. Perhaps Twerton’s biggest claim to fame is their own Bath City FC, Bath’s local football club that have played in the park’s football stadium since 1932. A semi-professional club, Bath City is affiliated to the Somerset FA, and currently competes in the National League South, the sixth tier of English football. They were founded during 1889 as Bath AFC, nicknamed ‘the Romans’, switching to the name ‘Bath City’ in 1905. In 2020, Twerton Park’s stadium also became the grounds for the Bristol City Women team.
There is also the famous Bath City Farm, 37 acres of nature where locals are free to explore the various fields and woods that host a multitude of farm animals, as well as the Twerton Roundhill, a hilltop where wildflowers grow amongst the 360-degree panoramic views of the city and surrounding countryside below.