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Kempshott is a ward of Basingstoke on the western edge of the town, to the south of Pack Lane (part of the Harrow Way)and north of Winchester Road. The population of the ward at the 2011 Census was 6,827.
A. M. W. Stirling, editor of Stephen Terry's The Diaries of Dummer, states that the Prince of Wales rented Kempshot House around 1788 as a hunting lodge (It was demolished at the time of the construction of the M3. Kempshott appears to be a 20c spelling). He brought Mrs Fitzherbert here and it was stated that it was furnished to her taste. The Prince of Wales later had his honeymoon in the house in 1795 with Caroline of Brunswick.
The estate developed with the creation of Homesteads Road and Kempshott Lane to generate a farming community. However, this changed quickly with the London overspill and Kempshott soon became part of Basingstoke.
The housing was largely built in the 1970s and early 1980s in three phases referred to and having the roads named after, Lakes (Between Homesteads Road and Pack Lane), Flowers (East side of Kempshott Lane, south of Homesteads Way), and Birds (West side of Kempshott Lane). In recent years an additional housing development referred to as Gabriel Park was built and is situated at the A30 end of Kempshott Lane.
The main road through the estate is Kempshott Lane with Homesteads Road, Coniston Road and Heather Way forming access routes and Kestrel Road, Heron Way and Gracemere Crescent forming crescents with residential cul-de-sacs.
A cycle/footpath was constructed in about 2005 to connect the A30 with Pack Lane. It starts in the south from the Traffic Lights on the A30, opposite the entrance to the Beggarwood Estate, and runs down hill along the developed western edge of Kempshott, skirting and connected to Gabriel Park, Gracemere Crescent, Heron Way and Kestrel Road, before reaching Pack Lane, approximately 100 yards from the Traffic Light junction referred to as 'Five Ways'.
Culture and community
Buckingham Parade has a number of shops, including a convenience store Tesco Express (Famous for Legendary Shop Worker Kev), a hairdresser, St Michael's Hospice Charity shop, a chip shop and a pub.
Kempshott has its own village hall which hosts a variety of activities and meetings. In addition there is the Kempshott Conservation Group which was formed in 2006 and is actively encouraging the biodiversity of the green areas found in Kempshott.
Kempshott has its own community magazine established in 2003 and is distributed every month, free of charge to over 4000 homes throughout the area.
Kempshott has an Infants and Junior School which are situated off Homesteads Road.
There are two churches in the Kempshott area. One is St. Mark's church and is situated at the top of Homesteads Road. The other is Kempshott Methodist Church and is situated on Kempshott Lane just up from the Fiveways junction.
- "Kempshott Ward Information". Archived from the original on 17 October 2011. Retrieved 14 September 2010.
- "Basingstoke Ward population 2011". Neighbourhood Statistic. Office for National Statistics. Retrieved 21 December 2016.
- William Page, ed. (1911). A History of the County of Hampshire: Volume 4. Retrieved 30 December 2011.
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