Hampsthwaite Village Green
Hampsthwaite shown within North Yorkshire
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Hampsthwaite is a large village and civil parish in Nidderdale in the Harrogate district of North Yorkshire, England. It lies on the south bank of the River Nidd 5 miles (8 km) north west of Harrogate. In the 2011 census the parish had a population of 1,083.
The centre of the village is designated as a Conservation Area. Hampsthwaite lies just outside the Nidderdale Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, but the area to the north and west of the village is recognised as an Area of Great Landscape Value.
Hampsthwaite has a Village Room, the Memorial Hall for larger events, a post office, a shop, and a pub, the Joiners' Arms and Hampsthwaite Church of England Primary School (established in 1860).
Hampsthwaite and Birstwith Junior Football Club is run for the benefit of children living, or attending school, within the Hampsthwaite and Birstwith area catering for boys and girls 6 to 11. Saturday morning coaching sessions are run in Hampsthwaite on Feast Field.
Hampsthwaite United Football Club has been known to exist for approximately 100 years. They play in the Harrogate & District Football League. In May 2011 Hampsthwaite United gained promotion to Division 2. They currently do not play in Hampsthwaite after moving to a home pitch in Harrogate. There are plans to return the team to Hampsthwaite as soon as a suitable pitch location can be found. The football club's official colour scheme is red, white & black. They now play in red shirts, black Shorts and red socks.
A rival team, Hampsthwaite Ravens, was established and this team play in nearby Harrogate. The Ravens compete in the same league as United.
Hampsthwaite was historically an important place. In 1304, Edward I granted a charter to Hampsthwaite to hold an annual market and fair on the Feast of St Thomas the Martyr. The ancient parish of Hampsthwaite covered a wide area, and included the townships of Birstwith, Felliscliffe, Menwith with Darley and Thornthwaite with Padside. All these places became separate civil parishes in 1866.
Hampsthwaite was in the West Riding of Yorkshire until 1974, when it was transferred to the new county of North Yorkshire.
- Leeds brewer Joshua Tetley was buried in Hampsthwaite in 1859.
- The family of the writer William Makepeace Thackeray lived in Hampsthwaite.
- The family of Amy Woodforde-Finden (1860–1919) who was best known as the composer of "Kashmiri Song" from The Four Indian Love Lyrics, poems by Laurence Hope, lived in Hampsthwaite. Amy was buried here and her memorial, a recumbent figure in white marble, resides in the parish church.
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