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|
The village has a 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 1218 the king ordered that the market which had been held in Kingsclere on Sundays should in the future be held on Saturdays. Warner, writing in the 18th century, mentions a well-frequented market on Tuesdays, and fairs the first Tuesday in April and the first Tuesday after 10 October. In 1848 the market was still held on Tuesdays, but had fallen very much into disuse, only a few farmers meeting at the Swan Inn with samples, and it probably ceased altogether about 1850. The fairs continued (c. 1911) to be held—on Whit Tuesday for pleasure on Ashford Hill and the Tuesday after Old Michaelmas Day for hiring servants and pleasure in the market place.
The former Falcon Inn, in Swan street, was one of the oldest in Hampshire, is especially interesting as being at one time in the possession of William Warham, Archbishop of Canterbury, who in 1510 gave it to Winchester College upon trust for the maintenance and support of the scholars upon its foundation. The original 'Crowne' Inn is mentioned in the parish register in 1611, and the 'Golden Faucon' in 1628. The modern Crown Inn was built in 1853, and the Swan Inn dates back to well before 1848, and its sign proclaims it a 15th C. Rooming Inn.
In popular culture
The nearby Watership Down is the setting for the 1972 novel of the same name by Richard Adams. Watership Down was also the site of the 1982 World Field Archery Championship put on by the Overton Black Arrows archery club from the nearby village of Overton.
Village organisations and activities
Kingsclere and the Treaty of Union between England and Scotland, 1706
Kingsclere holds a unique position in that no less than three members of the local Hampshire landowning family of Powlett/Paulet, (MPs mostly for Lymington, Winchester and Hampshire), that owned the Manor of Kingsclere between 1544 and 1794 (and beyond into the late nineteenth century),  brothers Lord William Powlett and Charles Paulet, 2nd Duke of Bolton; and the latter's son Charles Powlett, 3rd Duke of Bolton, were nominated to negotiate on behalf of the Kingdom of England as commissioners for the Treaty of Union. Negotiations between the 31 English and 31 Scottish commissioners took place between 16 April and 22 July 1706 at the Cockpit in Westminster. Meanwhile, sometime neighbour Thomas Herbert, 8th Earl of Pembroke, who had married Margaret heiress of Sir Robert Sawyer of Highclere in 1684, was another of the 31 Commissioners. His grandson was created first Earl of Carnarvon.
- 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
- VCH, Hampshire, 1911. http://www.british-history.ac.uk/report.aspx?compid=56801
- "Kingsclere Heritage Association". The Bedbug Recorder (Edition One). Retrieved 2010-10-17.
- Close, 2 Henry III, m. 2
- Warner's History of Hampshire, 1795
- Post Office Directory of Hants (1848)
- Victoria County History, A History of the County of Hampshire: Volume 4, William Page (editor), 1911.
- Hants N. and Q., v, 103–4, and Ex inform, the Rev. A. T. Finch, via VCH, Hants, 1911, ibid
- Kingsclere village diary
- "Lynden School of Dance". Retrieved 2013-05-13.
- bought by Sir William Paulet, Lord St. John in 1544, and held until the death of Harry, 6th Duke of Bolton in 1794.
- Treaty of Union#Commissioners
- 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.