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Tidworth Camp: a view over the garrison from Clarendon Hill
Population 10,621 (in 2011)
OS grid reference SU2348
Unitary authority
  • Wiltshire
Ceremonial county
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Post town TIDWORTH
Postcode district SP9
Dialling code 01980
Police Wiltshire
Fire Wiltshire
Ambulance Great Western
EU Parliament South West England
UK Parliament
  • Devizes
Website Town Council
List of places
WiltshireCoordinates: 51°14′13″N 1°39′50″W / 51.237°N 1.664°W / 51.237; -1.664

Tidworth is a garrison town and civil parish in south-east Wiltshire, England, located along the A338 road and close to the A303 road. It has a growing civilian population. Situated at the eastern edge of Salisbury Plain, it is approximately 10 miles (16 km) west of Andover, 12 miles (19 km) south of Marlborough, 24 miles (39 km) south of Swindon, 15 miles (24 km) north by north-east of Salisbury and 6 miles (9.7 km) east of Amesbury. Its population is approximately 10,600.


Tidworth was listed in the Domesday Book as Todeorde, in the Andover Hundred, in "Hantscire". It was once the family home of the Studd family. On John Speed's maps (1611), the town is referred to as Tudworth, North Tudworth belonging to Amesbury hundred in "Wilshire", and South Tudworth to Andover hundred in "Hamshire". When the boundary between Wiltshire and Hampshire was redrawn in 1992, the old distinction between North Tidworth and South Tidworth vanished, and the entire town became part of Wiltshire. The two parts remained as separate civil parishes until 1 April 2004.


Its situation near the A303, and hence the M3, places Tidworth within commuting distance of London.

Tidworth has a small commercial area containing two supermarkets (a Lidl and a large Tesco), two veterinary surgeries, a pharmacy, and other shops and services including a 900mobile phone shop. A dental surgery serves Tidworth and the surrounding area, covering approximately 5,000 people. In 2003 a new medical centre was completed, the cost being split between the Ministry of Defence and the NHS, as it serves the armed forces and their dependants within the surrounding area.

Tidworth has one of the lowest crime rates per thousand in Wiltshire, and between the years of 1990 and 2004 only one major crime took place. In 2014, it was rated by the Royal Mail as the most attractive postcode area to live in in England.

Religious sites

The Anglican Church of the Holy Trinity was rebuilt in the 15th century on the site of a church from the 12th or 13th centuries. It is Grade II* listed.

The Roman Catholic Church of St George and St Patrick, North Tidworth, was built in 1912.

St Mary's, South Tidworth
St Mary's Church

St Mary's Church in South Tidworth was built in 1878. It is Grade I listed and is now in the care of the Churches Conservation Trust.


  • The musician James Blunt was born in Tidworth.
  • The Studd family of the Ashes fame owned and lived in Tedworth House.
  • Tidworth Polo Club is the second largest in the country and frequently plays host to royals such as Princes William and Harry.
  • Tidworth Garrison Golf Club was constructed in 1904 initially for use by army officers. It was established in 1908 and gradually made available to all ranks and civilians. In 2000 it became a limited company.
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