Newtown Common

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Newtown Common
Heather field, Newtown - - 37110.jpg
Heather field near Newtown Common
Newtown Common is located in Hampshire
Newtown Common
Newtown Common
Location within Hampshire
OS grid referenceSU4699563195
Shire county
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Post townNEWBURY
Postcode districtRG20
Dialling code01635
AmbulanceSouth Central
UK Parliament
List of places
51°21′57″N 1°19′35″W / 51.365886°N 1.32634°W / 51.365886; -1.32634Coordinates: 51°21′57″N 1°19′35″W / 51.365886°N 1.32634°W / 51.365886; -1.32634

Newtown Common is a village in the Basingstoke and Deane district of Hampshire, England. Its nearest town is Newbury, which lies approximately 2.5 miles (4.1 km) north-east from the village.


The Feudal title Lord of the Manor of Newtown was sold at auction in 1986 for £4,200 by the Earl of Carnarvon to local businessman Michael Farrow. Using the title, Farrow claimed the common and registered it with the Land Registry. He then transferred it to Bakewell Management, who requested a fee of 6% of the property value from all of the homeowners who used the common to access their property. Initially successful, the request for money to cross the ransom strip was overturned by the House of Lords on 1 April 2004.[1][2]


Newtown Common is part of the civil parish of Newtown,[3] and is part of the Burghclere, Highclere and St. Mary Bourne ward of Basingstoke and Deane borough council.[4] The borough council is a Non-metropolitan district of Hampshire County Council.


  1. ^ Ross Clark (3 November 2004). "The battle of Newtown Common". The Telegraph. Retrieved 26 October 2010.
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  3. ^ "Hampshire County Council's legal record of public rights of way in Hampshire" (PDF). 2008. Retrieved 26 October 2010.
  4. ^ "Basingstoke and Deane Wards info". 2010. Archived from the original on 24 October 2010. Retrieved 26 October 2010.