Hampstead Norreys

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Hampstead Norreys
Hampstead Norreys.JPG
Church Road (part of the B4009) in the east
Hampstead Norreys is located in Berkshire
Hampstead Norreys
Hampstead Norreys
 Hampstead Norreys shown within Berkshire
Area  17.03 km2 (6.58 sq mi)
Population 832 (2011 census)[1]
   – density  49/km2 (130/sq mi)
OS grid reference SU528763
Civil parish Hampstead Norreys
Unitary authority West Berkshire
Ceremonial county Berkshire
Region South East
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Post town NEWBURY
Postcode district RG18
Dialling code 01635
Police Thames Valley
Fire Royal Berkshire
Ambulance South Central
EU Parliament South East England
UK Parliament Newbury
List of places
UK
England
Berkshire

Coordinates: 51°29′02″N 1°14′25″W / 51.483794°N 1.240184°W / 51.483794; -1.240184

St Mary the Virgin's Church

Hampstead Norreys (alternatively spelt Hampstead Norris as it is pronounced) is a village and civil parish in Berkshire, England. It is centred on the small tributary the River Pang, north of Newbury.

Amenities[edit]

Hampstead Norreys was awarded Berkshire's best-kept village in 1979.

As well as the nucleus of Hampstead Norreys, the parish includes the hamlets or localities of Bothampstead, Eling and Wyld Court. Hampstead Norreys has a large recreational field, Dean Meadow, that is used for fetes and parties and by the village football and cricket teams. The school also uses the field for activities.

The Living Rainforest[edit]

Wyld Court is home to The Living Rainforest, an indoor glass house tropical rainforest with plants, animals and butterflies. It is an ecological centre, an educational centre and a visitor attraction.

Historic buildings[edit]

The village was recorded in the Domesday Book as Hanstede.[2] The village is noted for its Norman parish church and the remains of a Norman motte-and-bailey castle in the nearby woods.

Aviation[edit]

World War II[edit]

The village was close to the wartime airfield of RAF Hampstead Norris, an RAF Bomber Command Operational Training Unit (OTU) station. The airfield was host to a small number of squadrons of Wellington bombers. The site was bombed on 16 September 1940 by the Luftwaffe in the Battle of Britain. In 1945, the station was used by squadrons of Mosquito fighter bombers and became an ammunition storage depot as part of the Bramley Central Ammunition Depot near Basingstoke after its closure in 1946. Little of the wartime station now remains. There are four remaining pillboxes around where the airfield was and a few air raid shelters in the woods. Part of the bomb storage site remains also.

Today[edit]

The site still maintains a modern link with aviation with a farm strip used by a Tiger Moth biplane. It is now known as Haw Farm, part of the Yattendon Estate. An impression of the old runway layout of RAF Hampstead Norris can still be seen from the air. On the edge of the airfield perimeter track is a light beacon and an important VOR beacon known as Compton (CPT), named after the nearby village, which is used as a primary navigational aid for airway routes between European airports such as (Heathrow) and North America.

Education[edit]

Hampstead Norreys has a small rural primary school which has served the community for over 150 years.

Transport[edit]

From 18 February 2013, Buses 6 and 6A from Newbury serve the village. Newbury railway station has regular and fast services to east and west.[3]

Hampstead Norris railway station was a minor halt on the Didcot, Newbury and Southampton Railway for about half a century until 1962.

Sport and leisure[edit]

The Dean Field is the local park in Hampstead Norreys. It contains a football and cricket pitch and a children's play area. On the north side of the field is Hampstead Norreys Village Hall. It is considerably larger than the village halls in surrounding villages. On the south side is Eling estate, a large wooded area (consisting of Park Wood, Westbrook Copse, Down Wood and Elingpark Copse) backed by a path which is what remains of the old Didcot, Newbury and Southampton Railway running between Hermitage and Compton, the two nearest villages.

Demography[edit]

2011 Published Statistics: Population, home ownership and extracts from Physical Environment, surveyed in 2005[1]
Output area Homes owned outright Owned with a loan Socially rented Privately rented Other km² roads km² water km² domestic gardens Usual residents km²
Civil parish 72 92 72 65 13 0.140 0.018 0.206 832 17.03

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