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.
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