Church Road (part of the B4009) to the east of the village
Hampstead Norreys shown within Berkshire
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Hampstead Norreys (alternatively spelt Hampstead Norris) is a village and civil parish in Berkshire, England. It is situated at grid reference SU528763 on the River Pang, north of Newbury. Hampstead Norreys was awarded Berkshire's best kept village in 1979. As well as Hampstead Norreys itself, the parish includes the hamlets of Bothampstead, Eling and Wyld Court. Hampstead Norreys has a large recreational field [Dean Meadow] that is used for fetes, parties and mainly the village football and cricket teams. Along with these the School uses the field for activities.
The Living Rainforest
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.
World War II
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 September 16, 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.
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 airport and North America.
Hampstead Norreys has a small rural primary school which has served the community for over 150 years.
Hampstead Norris railway station on the Didcot, Newbury and Southampton Railway served Hampstead Norreys until it closed in 1962. From 18 February 2013, Hampstead Norreys is served by Newbury and District bus services 6 and 6A from Newbury.
Sport and leisure
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.
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- Hampstead Norreys Parish Council
- Hampstead Norreys Primary School
- A Church Near you: St Mary the Virgin, Hampstead Norreys
- The Living Rainforest (previously Wyld Court Orchids then Wyld Court Rainforest)
- The White Hart - village pub