Chapel Row

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Chapel Row
Chapel Row Post Office and Stores - geograph.org.uk - 1504.jpg
Chapel Row Post Office and Stores
Chapel Row is located in Berkshire
Chapel Row
Chapel Row
 Chapel Row shown within Berkshire
OS grid reference SU572695
Unitary authority West Berkshire
Ceremonial county Berkshire
Region South East
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Post town Newbury
Postcode district RG7
Dialling code 0118
Police Thames Valley
Fire Royal Berkshire
Ambulance South Central
EU Parliament South East England
UK Parliament Berkshire
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Coordinates: 51°25′17″N 1°10′47″W / 51.4215°N 1.1796°W / 51.4215; -1.1796

Chapel Row is a small settled locality in West Berkshire, and part of the civil parish of Bucklebury, England. The settlement is on a minor crossroads, on the C road topping the northern escarpment between Thatcham and Theale above the Kennet valley below and is centred 5.5 miles (8.9 km) east north-east of Newbury.

History[edit]

Main article: Bucklebury

Since the mid 17th century, an inn has stood near to the locality's green. The site is now occupied by The Bladebone Inn.

In the 18th century, Chapel Row became known for its revels, which were held on the Monday following the feast of Saint Anne.[1] The revels featured events such as backswording (described by Joseph Addison in The Spectator as "a ring of cudgel players who broke one another's heads in order to make some impression on their mistresses' hearts").[1] The sport was not featured in a number of later fayres as at least one contender was reported to have been killed.[1] An 1812 Reading Mercury article on the fayre focusses primarily on agriculture, stating that the event was an opportunity to trade cattle and employ farmhands.[2]

Geography[edit]

The settlement is on a minor crossroads, on the C road topping the northern escarpment between Thatcham and Theale above the Kennet valley below and is centred 5.5 miles (8.9 km) east north-east of Newbury. Woodland with public access as common land and under the Countryside and Rights of Way Act 2000 occupies the land immediatedly west and south-west of the clustered centre, Bucklebury Common..

Notable people[edit]

Chapel Row was the home of Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge before her marriage in April 2011.[3]

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