Wasing is an agricultural and woodland hamlet and parish in West Berkshire, England owned almost wholly by one family. In minor local administration such as footpaths and field sports facilities its few people convene their own civil parish occasionally but share many facilities with Brimpton which was its civil parish at the time of the United Kingdom Census 2011.
Geography and Wasing Place
It has fields on the Berkshire-Hampshire border and is approximately 7.5 miles (12.1 km) south-east of Newbury, its post town. Its nearest village with general amenities is Aldermaston and nearest town is Tadley. The village is generally elevated, but it also has fields. Its western boundary is the River Enborne, which flows through the range of downs starting at the south of the parish which rises to the highest point in the south-east, Walbury Hill 5 miles (8.0 km) west.
Its land, including woodland, is largely owned. Its manor is centred on a manor house which was purchased in 1759 by the London nautical publisher John Mount. He built the mansion Wasing Place, completed in 1770, which became the home of his descendants the MPs, William Mount, William George Mount and Sir William Mount. The house was rebuilt after a fire in 1945.
The tall, white Georgian manor house has a 180° panorama. Its park to the north and it are listed, in the initial category, Grade II and the adjacent church, remaining almost a private chapel due to its isolation, is at Grade I, the highest category. Accordingly, these buildings host weddings, business functions, private dining and events. Groups are permitted to shoot partridge and pheasant or go fishing in private woodside ponds on a paid basis. Paths off the public rights of way are available for walking and riding subject to the purchase of annual permits.
For four consecutive years, the Wasing Estate as the manor trades itself has played host to The Glade Festival, an electronic dance music festival which originally started out as a stage at Glastonbury Festival. The annual festival takes place over three days in the summer and attracted around 13,000 people in 2005.
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