Hambledon, Hampshire

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Hambledon
Hambledon cricket club Broadhalfpenny Down. - geograph.org.uk - 78162.jpg
Broadhalfpenny Down
Hambledon is located in Hampshire
Hambledon
Hambledon
 Hambledon shown within Hampshire
Population 947 (2001 census)
OS grid reference SU646150
Civil parish Hambledon
District City of Winchester
Shire county Hampshire
Region South East
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Post town PORTSMOUTH
Postcode district PO7 4
Dialling code 023[1]
Police Hampshire
Fire Hampshire
Ambulance South Central
EU Parliament South East England
UK Parliament Meon Valley
List of places
UK
England
Hampshire

Coordinates: 50°55′51″N 1°04′48″W / 50.9307°N 1.0799°W / 50.9307; -1.0799

Hambledon is a small village and civil parish in the county of Hampshire in England, situated about 15 miles (24 km) north of Portsmouth.

Hambledon is best known as the 'Cradle of Cricket'. It is thought that Hambledon Club, one of the oldest cricket clubs known, was formed about 1750. Hambledon was England's leading cricket club from about 1765 until the formation of MCC (Marylebone Cricket Club) in 1787.

The famous Bat and Ball Inn in Hyden Farm Lane, is next to the historic cricket ground at Broadhalfpenny Down where the Hambledon club originally played. The inn was run by Richard Nyren, who was also captain of the club. The modern Hambledon Cricket Club's ground is at Ridge Meadow, about 0.5 miles (800 m) away.

Hambledon is a rural village surrounded by fields and woods. There are about 400 households with just under 1,000 residents. The nearest villages are Clanfield, Chidden and Denmead.

There is a school, Hambledon Infant School, recently rated as 'Outstanding' by Ofsted.

The parish church, St Peter's and St Paul's, dates from the 13th century and is built on the site of a Saxon church. Admiral Sir Erasmus Gower, governor of Newfoundland, is buried in the church. The regimental colours of the Hambledon Volunteers during the Napoleonic Wars hang over the south aisle.[2] The Georgian old Vicarage is Grade II listed and noted for its fine Dutch gables.

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