Hempstead, Essex

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Hempstead is a village and civil parish in the Uttlesford district of Essex, England.

The village is 7 miles (11 km) east from Saffron Walden and 6 miles (10km) west from Haverhill. Hempstead is situated on the B1054 Saffron Walden to Steeple Bumpstead road. The nearest village is Great Sampford, 1.5 miles (2 km) to the south. The population of the parish at the 2011 census was 451.[1]

The village has one church, St. Andrew's, where William Harvey, who discovered the circulation of blood in the human body, and Sir Eliab Harvey, Captain of the Temeraire at the battle of Trafalgar, are interred.

The notorious highwayman Dick Turpin,[2] was born in the village public house, where his father was landlord. He was baptised in the village church.

Hempstead has a pre-school located in the village hall and a play area on the Glebe which was installed in 2018.

See also[edit]

Hempstead Essex
The Hundred Parishes


  1. ^ "Parish population 2011". Retrieved 28 September 2015.
  2. ^ Barlow, Derek (2004), Turpin, Richard (Dick) (bapt. 1705, d. 1739) (Registration required), Oxford Dictionary of National Biography, Oxford University Press, doi:10.1093/ref:odnb/27892, retrieved 6 November 2009

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Coordinates: 52°00′58″N 0°22′48″E / 52.01611°N 0.38000°E / 52.01611; 0.38000