Kingsclere shown within Hampshire
|Population||3,396 (Civil Parish, 2001)|
|OS grid reference|
|District||Basingstoke and Deane|
|Sovereign state||United Kingdom|
|EU Parliament||South East England|
|UK Parliament||North West Hampshire|
Village Life 
The village has a good selection of local shops and businesses, healthcare services, a primary school and varied outdoor facilities. It also has an extensive network of green lanes and paths, glades and the Kingsclere stream. Treasured areas known by the villagers, such as 'the rec.', 'the ducks' and 'shepherds steps' are usually overlooked by the casual visitor, but add greatly to village life.
Local facilities include the village club, the Holding field and the Fieldgate Centre which lies on the outskirts of the village and adjoins the rugby and football grounds. The centre was built in 1996 at a cost of £1.6 million
The parish council meets in the village club monthly, except for August and December.
Kingsclere can trace back its history to a place identified as belonging to King Alfred in his will between 872 and 888, the 'clere' possibly meaning 'bright' or 'clearing'.
Local legend asserts that King John was troubled by a bedbug during a night in a Kingsclere inn, when prevented by fog from reaching his lodge on Cottington’s hill. He ordained that the church should erect and evermore maintain upon its tower a representation of the creature which disturbed his sleep.
In popular culture 
Village organisations and activities 
- Margaret Ingram's book 'Kingsclere - A place and its people (1987)'
- Kingsclere local organisations and volunteer groups
- Kingsclere primary school
- "Kingsclere Methodist Church, Kennet and Test Valley Circuit". Retrieved 2010-10-08.
- "Saint Mary's Anglican Church". Retrieved 2007-01-15.
- Fieldgate Centre
- "Kingsclere Parish Council". Retrieved 2013-05-13.
- Kingsclere conservation Area
- Kingsclere village plan
- "Kingsclere Heritage Association". The Bedbug Recorder (Edition One). Retrieved 2010-10-17.
- Kingsclere village diary
- "Lynden School of Dance". Retrieved 2013-05-13.
See also 
Further reading 
- Kingsclere - A place and its people (1987)
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- Clare, Clere, and Clères A paper on the origin of the name.
- Kingsclere Parish Council
- Kingsclere: Its heritage and genealogy
- Kingsclere, history from the website of Hampshire County Council
- A Vision of Britain through Time: Kingsclere
- Hampshire Treasures: Volume 2 (Basingstoke and Deane) Pages 147, 149, 150, 151, 152, 153, 154, 155, 156, 157, 158, 159, 160, 161, 162, and 163.