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Highclere is located in Hampshire
 Highclere shown within Hampshire
OS grid reference SU4384060837
District Basingstoke and Deane
Shire county Hampshire
Region South East
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Post town NEWBURY
Postcode district RG20 9
Police Hampshire
Fire Hampshire
Ambulance South Central
EU Parliament South East England
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Coordinates: 51°20′42″N 1°22′19″W / 51.344935°N 1.371955°W / 51.344935; -1.371955

Highclere (pronounced /ˈhklɪər/) is a village and civil parish situated in the North Wessex Downs (an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty) in the Basingstoke and Deane district of Hampshire, England. It lies in the northern part of the county, near the Berkshire border. It is most famous for being the location of Highclere Castle, a noted Victorian house, in private ownership (The Earls of Carnarvon) and the setting for numerous films and TV series, including Downton Abbey.

Parish church of St Michael and All Angels, Highclere

The parish church of St Michael and All Angels sits between Highclere Castle and the main part of the village. This 'new' church (1870s) replaced a much older church sited adjacent to Highclere Castle, and parish records go back to pre-Norman times. There is a pub, the Red House, a flourishing village hall and a private junior ('Prep') school, Thorngrove. The church parish is part of the North West Hampshire Benefice (with Ashmansworth, Crux Easton, East Woodhay and Woolton Hill). The civil parish of Highclere has two wards, Highclere and Penwood.

"Highclere Holly" (Ilex altaclerensis) was first identified here and still flourishes in local woodlands.

There is said to be a grampus living in a yew tree in the churchyard of the Highclere Estate Chapel.[1]


  1. ^ "The Highclere Grampus - Hampshire History". Hampshire History. Retrieved 4 August 2014. 

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