Wash Water

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Wash Water
Wash Water Road near Enbourne - geograph.org.uk - 56901.jpg
The Woodpecker public house near Wash Water
Wash Water is located in Berkshire
Wash Water
Wash Water
Location within Berkshire
OS grid referenceSU451635
Metropolitan borough
Metropolitan county
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Post townNEWBURY
Postcode districtRG10
Dialling code01635
PoliceThames Valley
FireRoyal Berkshire
AmbulanceSouth Central
UK Parliament
List of places
51°22′09″N 1°21′28″W / 51.369152°N 1.357884°W / 51.369152; -1.357884Coordinates: 51°22′09″N 1°21′28″W / 51.369152°N 1.357884°W / 51.369152; -1.357884

Wash Water is a hamlet on the border of Berkshire, and Hampshire.[1] It is divided between the civil parishes of Enborne (where according to Grid Refs the majority of the population at the 2011 Census was included), Newbury, Highclere and East Woodhay. The settlement lies adjacent to the A343 and A34 highways (Newbury Bypass), approximately 3 miles (4.8 km) south-south-west of Newbury.

Some locals claim it is named after the spot on the River Enborne where women washed the troops' clothes during or after the First Battle of Newbury of the English Civil War, others say it is because wool was washed in the local rivers before fulling in the two nearby mills.

Village facilities include a public house called the Woodpecker Inn,[2] formerly the Derby Arms.


  1. ^ Ordnance Survey: Landranger map sheet 174 Newbury & Wantage (Hungerford & Didcot) (Map). Ordnance Survey. 2014. ISBN 9780319228739.
  2. ^ "Woodpecker Arms". www.arkells.com. Retrieved 10 April 2016.

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