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Highclere is located in Hampshire
Location within Hampshire
Population1,606 (2011 Census including Woolton Hill)[1]
OS grid referenceSU4384060837
Shire county
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Post townNEWBURY
Postcode districtRG20
Dialling code01635
AmbulanceSouth Central
EU ParliamentSouth East England
UK Parliament
List of places
51°20′42″N 1°22′19″W / 51.344935°N 1.371955°W / 51.344935; -1.371955Coordinates: 51°20′42″N 1°22′19″W / 51.344935°N 1.371955°W / 51.344935; -1.371955

Highclere (pronounced /ˈhklɪər/) is a village and civil parish situated in the North Wessex Downs (an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty) in the Basingstoke and Deane district of Hampshire, England. It lies in the northern part of the county, near the Berkshire border. It is most famous for being the location of Highclere Castle, a noted Victorian house of the Earl of Carnarvon. It is the setting for numerous films and TV series, including Downton Abbey.

History and buildings[edit]

Parish church of St Michael and All Angels, Highclere

The parish church of St Michael and All Angels sits between Highclere Castle and the main part of the village. This 'new' church (1870s) replaced a much older church sited adjacent to Highclere Castle, and parish records go back to pre-Norman times.

There is a pub, the Red House, a flourishing village hall and a private junior ('Prep') school, Thorngrove. The church parish is part of the North West Hampshire Benefice (with Ashmansworth, Crux Easton, East Woodhay and Woolton Hill). The civil parish of Highclere has two wards, Highclere and Penwood.

"Highclere Holly" (Ilex altaclerensis) was first identified here and still flourishes in local woodlands.

According to local legend there used to be a grampus living in a yew tree in the churchyard of the Highclere Estate Chapel.[2]

On 22 August 1213, King John stayed at Peter des Roches the Bishop of Winchester's manor at Highclere, then called Bishop's Clere.[3] An itinerary of King Edward II lists him as spending 2 September 1320 there.[4]


  1. ^ "Civil Parish population 2011". Neighbourhood Statistics. Office for National Statistics. Retrieved 20 December 2016.
  2. ^ "The Highclere Grampus - Hampshire History". Hampshire History. Retrieved 4 August 2014.
  3. ^ Walter Money, Newbury, 1887, page 129.
  4. ^ Walter Money, Newbury, page 160

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External links[edit]

Media related to Highclere at Wikimedia Commons