Combe, Berkshire

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Intersection at Combe
Combe is located in Berkshire
Location within Berkshire
Population38 (2001)
OS grid referenceSU370608
Civil parish
  • Combe
Unitary authority
Ceremonial county
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Postcode districtRG17
Dialling code01488
PoliceThames Valley
FireRoyal Berkshire
AmbulanceSouth Central
EU ParliamentSouth East England
UK Parliament
List of places
51°20′44″N 1°28′10″W / 51.3455°N 1.4694°W / 51.3455; -1.4694Coordinates: 51°20′44″N 1°28′10″W / 51.3455°N 1.4694°W / 51.3455; -1.4694

Combe is a village and civil parish in the English county of Berkshire. It is situated in the district of West Berkshire, on the top of the downs near Walbury Hill and Combe Gibbet, overlooking the village of Inkpen and the valley of the River Kennet. Historically part of Hampshire, Combe has been administered with Berkshire since 1895.[1] It is in the civil parish olf West Woodhay.


Bronze Age people in this part of Europe constructed communal long barrows to bury their important dead and one is a Scheduled Ancient Monument in the civil parish beneath Gibbet Hill's peak which forms part of the same escarpment as larger Walbury Hill which is mostly in Combe, in the North Wessex Downs, altogether the highest point in the South East.

Both male and female bodies of the dead may have been left in the open to be reduced to skeletons by carrion before being collected and buried. In many cases the corpses were carefully assembled with the head to the south, men facing east, women facing west. It is unknown whether this was the case in the so-called Inkpen long barrow (named after the village to the north but within Combe), though it is on an east-west alignment.[2]


Combe has a site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) just to the south west of the village, called Combe Wood and Linkenholt Hanging.[3]


  1. ^ Great Britain Historical GIS / University of Portsmouth, Coombe, Hampshire (historic map). Retrieved 2008-08-17.[permanent dead link]
  2. ^ Historic England. "Details from listed building database (1013198)". National Heritage List for England. Retrieved 10 December 2014. Long barrow at Combe Gibbet, Gallows Down. Scheduled Ancient Monument.
  3. ^ "Magic Map Application". Retrieved 19 March 2017.

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