West Woodhay

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West Woodhay
St Laurence's Church - geograph.org.uk - 1919.jpg
St Laurence's Church
West Woodhay is located in Berkshire
West Woodhay
West Woodhay
Location within Berkshire
Area14.75 km2 (5.70 sq mi)
Population122 (2011 census including Coombe)[1]
• Density8/km2 (21/sq mi)
OS grid referenceSU396632
Civil parish
  • West Woodhay
Unitary authority
Ceremonial county
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Post townNEWBURY
Postcode districtRG20
Dialling code01488
PoliceThames Valley
FireRoyal Berkshire
AmbulanceSouth Central
EU ParliamentSouth East England
UK Parliament
List of places
51°21′58″N 1°25′55″W / 51.366°N 1.432°W / 51.366; -1.432Coordinates: 51°21′58″N 1°25′55″W / 51.366°N 1.432°W / 51.366; -1.432

West Woodhay (/ˈwʊdi/) is a rural scattered village and civil parish in West Berkshire, England. At the 2011 census it had 59 households.


The area is more elevated compared to the rest of the county of Berkshire and the district. It is undulating and has the main source of the Enborne. It has a border to the south with Hampshire and is centred 3 miles (4.8 km) west south-west of Newbury, between Inkpen and Ball Hill. The eastern slopes of Walbury Hill, the highest point in South East England fall within its bounds as is the adjoining West Woodhay Down, a Site of Special Scientific Interest.[2]

West Woodhay House[edit]

Located west of the village, the house is a Grade 1 listed building erected in 1635. Notable residents of the house have included poet and politician Benjamin Rudyerd, soprano Susannah Cibber and the notorious prankster Horace de Vere Cole.[3]


The main built amenities are the Church of England parish church, small sanitary works and remains of a small motte (mound) in woodland near the village centre.


2011 Published Statistics: Population, home ownership and extracts from Physical Environment, surveyed in 2005[1]
Output area Homes owned outright Owned with a loan Socially rented Privately rented Other km² roads km² water km² domestic gardens Usual residents km²
Civil parish 12 7 1 33 6 0.096 0.025 0.061 122 14.75


  1. ^ a b Key Statistics: Dwellings; Quick Statistics: Population Density; Physical Environment: Land Use Survey 2005
  2. ^ "Magic Map Application". Magic.defra.gov.uk. Retrieved 2017-03-06.
  3. ^ "Parishes; West Woodhay". British History Online. Retrieved 9 January 2018.

External links[edit]

Media related to West Woodhay at Wikimedia Commons