Hampsthwaite Village Green
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Hampsthwaite is a large village and civil parish in Nidderdale in the Harrogate district of North Yorkshire, England. It lies on the south bank of the River Nidd 5 miles (8 km) north west of Harrogate. In the 2011 census the parish had a population of 1,083.
The centre of the village is designated as a Conservation Area. Hampsthwaite lies just outside the Nidderdale Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, but the area to the north and west of the village is recognised as an Area of Great Landscape Value.
Hampsthwaite has a Village Room, the Memorial Hall for larger events, a post office, a shop, and a pub, the Joiners' Arms and Hampsthwaite Church of England Primary School (established in 1860).
Hampsthwaite and Birstwith Junior Football Club is run for the benefit of children living, or attending school, within the Hampsthwaite and Birstwith area catering for boys and girls 6 to 11. Saturday morning coaching sessions are run in Hampsthwaite on Feast Field.
Hampsthwaite United Football Club has been known to exist since approximately 1954. Recent honours include the Harrogate & District Football League Division Two Championship in 2013 & Division One in 2015. The Club now play in the West Yorkshire Association Football League, Tier 13 of the National League System.
Hampsthwaite was historically an important place. In 1304, Edward I granted a charter to Hampsthwaite to hold an annual market and fair on the Feast of St Thomas the Martyr. The ancient parish of Hampsthwaite covered a wide area, and included the townships of Birstwith, Felliscliffe, Menwith with Darley and Thornthwaite with Padside. All these places became separate civil parishes in 1866.
Hampsthwaite was in the West Riding of Yorkshire until 1974, when it was transferred to the new county of North Yorkshire.
- Leeds brewer Joshua Tetley was buried in Hampsthwaite in 1859.
- The family of the writer William Makepeace Thackeray lived in Hampsthwaite.
- The family of Amy Woodforde-Finden (1860–1919) who was best known as the composer of "Kashmiri Song" from The Four Indian Love Lyrics, poems by Laurence Hope, lived in Hampsthwaite. Amy was buried here and her memorial, a recumbent figure in white marble, resides in the parish church.
- Office for National Statistics: Neighbourhood Statistics
- Images of England website
- Hampsthwaite and Birstwith Junior Football Club website
- Watts, Victor, ed. (2010), "Hampsthwaite", The Cambridge Dictionary of English Place-Names, Cambridge University Press, ISBN 9780521168557
- GENUKI: National Gazetteer (1868)
- Vision of Britain website
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