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Bed and breakfast near Tidworth - Wiltshire

Whether on business, holiday or visiting family and looking for bed and breakfast near Tidworth you should check out nearby towns and villages to the southwest.

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Tidworth village, north and south is very much dominated by the Army garrison and accommodation off the base is very limited in the area. You could not do better than head towards Salisbury and Amesbury where B&B is more plentiful with some excellent rural B&Bs and small hotels. On the edge of Salisbury Plain lie many hamlets and villages lining the river valleys with pub accommodation and small family B&Bs. The main A338 Marlborough to Salisbury route is a good example and westwards on the A303 to Amesbury and Shrewton area.

Before the permanent camp was established in 1897 there were North and South Tidworth both of Saxon origin and first entered in the Domesday Book in 1270. North Tidworth was in Wiltshire, South Tidworth over the border in Hampshire but since 1992 when boundaries were redrawn both are now in the county of Wiltshire.
Tented camps had been set up for troop exercises in the Tidworth Salisbury Plain area during the 19th century but in 1897 the army moved in to more permanent accommodation at Tidworth overwhelming the existing community. By the early part of the next century most of the local population left after the War Office took their cottages to house their own personnel. Barracks were built and their names reflect the days of the British Raj or British occupation of India. Both the total numbers of civilian and army population today is similar to that of Marlborough and continuing to increase further as it becomes the main focus of training on Salisbury Plain in recent years.

A railway was constructed 1900-1901 from North Tidworth to join the Swindon to Andover line at Ludgershall for the transportation of troops. A railway station and parade of shops was built at Tidworth and today a supermarket occupies the site of the old railway station (closed 1963). From the old station a light military railway ran across the main road to the barracks which was removed by 1950.
After the First World War ended an alternative to the stalemate of trench warfare was sought and armoured vehicles and tanks were developed. In 1927 an

Experimental Mechanised Force was set up to investigate and develop armoured warfare and exercises were conducted. Despite showing the superiority of mechanised warfare the unit was disbanded in 1928 amid controversy over the use and expense of this modern equipment. However, the lessons were not lost on the Germans and this new form of mechanised warfare known as blitzkrieg enabled Nazi forces to invade Poland, Russia and Western Europe during World War II.

Tedworth House
Although its origins are uncertain by 1650 it was already a substantial fine country residence when bought by Thomas Smith. It was kept in the family until 1773 when it was passed through the family to the Assheton-Smiths. It was substantially rebuilt in the early part of the 19th century when land was cleared around it to establish 400 square miles of hunting country.
The Duke of Wellington was a regular visitor to the estate but in 1858 the estate was sold off. The whole estate including land and buildings was finally sold to the War Office in 1897 who also purchased 40000 acres of Salisbury Plain for military training at the same time. This was the beginning of the Tidworth Garrison.
Tedworth House and its beautiful parkland has played full part in Tidworth’s military life and more recently was home to Army nurses from the Military Hospital before becoming the Garrison Officers Mess hosting balls, meetings, receptions, military agreement signing and many other functions in recent years.

On 18 February 2011 Tedworth House ceased to be the Garrison Officers’ Mess and is now the flagship Help for Heroes Recovery centre. Help for Heroes has leased the building for £1 a year for the next 99 years, A £20m renovation has been carried out and able to accommodate 54 residents and 30 day visitors. Its purpose is to inspire wounded, injured, sick and returning veterans to lead active independent and fulfilling lives which will enable them to reach their full potential and to support them and their families for life. This is best summed up as Inspire, Enable and Support.

Since 2006 there has been a massive building project of accommodation at all UK Army bases including Tidworth, Perham Down and Bulford to improve the living and working conditions for our returning soldiers and their families. Tidworth Camp is undergoing a massive building programme and is taking on the appearance, population and amenities of a small town. The population fluctuates but garrison numbers are increasing again as soldiers return from Afghanistan and Iraq.
Whether you are visiting your family, on business or passing through and are looking for bed and breakfast near Tidworth there is a good choice of accommodation to be found on our pages.

Bed and Breakfast near Tidworth