Combe, Berkshire

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Intersection at Combe
Combe is located in Berkshire
 Combe shown within Berkshire
Population 38 (2001)
OS grid reference SU370608
Civil parish Combe
Unitary authority West Berkshire
Ceremonial county Berkshire
Region South East
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Postcode district RG17
Dialling code 01488
Police Thames Valley
Fire Royal Berkshire
Ambulance South Central
EU Parliament South East England
UK Parliament Newbury
List of places

Coordinates: 51°20′44″N 1°28′10″W / 51.3455°N 1.4694°W / 51.3455; -1.4694

Combe is a village and civil parish in the English county of Berkshire. It is situated in the district of West Berkshire, on the top of the downs near Walbury Hill and Combe Gibbet, overlooking the village of Inkpen and the valley of the River Kennet. Before 1895, Combe was in Hampshire.[1]


Bronze Age people used communal 'long barrows' to bury their dead and one still exists directly beneath the Gibbet at Combe. Both male and female bodies of the dead may have been left in the open to be reduced to skeletons by carrion before being collected and buried. In many cases the corpses were carefully assembled with the head to the south, men facing east, women facing west. It is unknown whether this was the case in the so-called 'Inkpen' long barrow (named after the village to the north), though it is on an east-west alignment.


  1. ^ Great Britain Historical GIS / University of Portsmouth, Coombe, Hampshire (historic map). Retrieved on 2008-08-17.

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