Junction of Front Street, Back Street and Roger's Lane
East Garston shown within Berkshire
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|Civil parish||East Garston|
|Unitary authority||West Berkshire|
|Sovereign state||United Kingdom|
|EU Parliament||South East England|
|Website||The Berkshire Village of East Garston|
East Garston is a village and civil parish on the River Lambourn, about 5.5 miles (8.9 km) north of Hungerford in West Berkshire. The river flows through the village, dividing many houses from the main road, so that each has a bridge over the river to the front door.
The civil parish of East Garston comprises the village of East Garston, together with a considerable are of rural downland to the north and south. The parish has approximately 226 dwellings and a population of 532 (2001 census), in an area of 4,500 acres (18 km2). The parish has boundaries with the Berkshire parishes of Fawley, Great Shefford, Hungerford and Lambourn, and with the Oxfordshire parish of Letcombe Bassett.
- The parents of Will Young, Pop Idol winner in 2002, live in Poughley in the south of the parish.
- Charles Thomas Wooldridge, murderer and dedicatee of The Ballad of Reading Gaol by Oscar Wilde, was born in the village.
The village has a Village Hall and Social Club.
One of the most notable expansions with village life has been the recent growth of East Garston Cricket Club. Established by Roy Hunt, a former cricket enthusiast, to challenge the local Wantage 41 club in an annual game, it was from here that the club grew and expanded into a properly organised team. In the present day, more than 7 years after the club's inception, the team has a had increasing success in friendly fixtures against local opposition. The club has become an increasingly sociable aspect of village life with increased participation from village residents and others from the surrounding area. The club plays about 20 matches per year, some on Thursday evenings, others on Sunday afternoons.
East Garston Bellringers was re-formed in 1998.
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