Hambledon, Hampshire

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High Street, Hambledon (geograph 3907969).jpg
High Street, Hambledon, Hampshire
Hambledon is located in Hampshire
Location within Hampshire
Population947 (2001 census)
962 (2011 Census)[1]
OS grid referenceSU646150
Civil parish
  • Hambledon
Shire county
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Post townWaterlooville
Postcode districtPO7
Dialling code023[2]
AmbulanceSouth Central
UK Parliament
List of places
50°55′51″N 1°04′48″W / 50.9307°N 1.0799°W / 50.9307; -1.0799Coordinates: 50°55′51″N 1°04′48″W / 50.9307°N 1.0799°W / 50.9307; -1.0799

Hambledon is a small village and civil parish in the county of Hampshire in England, situated about 10 miles (16 km) north of Portsmouth.

Hambledon is best known as the 'Cradle of Cricket'. It is thought that Hambledon Club, one of the oldest cricket clubs known, was formed about 1750. Hambledon was England's leading cricket club from about 1765 until the formation of MCC (Marylebone Cricket Club) in 1787.

The famous Bat and Ball Inn in Hyden Farm Lane is next to the historic cricket ground at Broadhalfpenny Down where the Hambledon club originally played. The inn was run by Richard Nyren, who was also captain of the club. The modern Hambledon Cricket Club's ground is at Ridge Meadow, about 0.5 miles (800 m) away.

Hambledon is a rural village surrounded by fields and woods. There are about 400 households with just under 1,000 residents. The nearest villages are Clanfield, Chidden and Denmead.

Due to the climate and location Hambledon also has its very own vineyard, producing its own wine.

There is a school, Hambledon Primary School, recently rated as 'Outstanding' by Ofsted.

The parish church, St Peter's and St Paul's, dates from the 13th century and is built on the site of a Saxon church. Admiral Sir Erasmus Gower, governor of Newfoundland, is buried in the church. The regimental colours of the Hambledon Volunteers during the Napoleonic Wars hang over the south aisle.[3] The Georgian old Vicarage is Grade II listed and noted for its fine Dutch gables.

Hambledon is the place of birth and death of William Lashly (1867–1940), a member of Robert Falcon Scott's Antarctic expeditions.


  1. ^ "Civil Parish population". Neighbourhood Statistics. Office for National Statistics. Retrieved 18 December 2016.
  2. ^ http://stakeholders.ofcom.org.uk/telecoms/numbering/
  3. ^ Village website

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