Yateley shown within Hampshire
|OS grid reference|
|Sovereign state||United Kingdom|
|Postcode district||GU46, GU17 (part)|
|Dialling code||01252 01276 (part)|
|Ambulance||South East Coast|
|EU Parliament||South East England|
|UK Parliament||North East Hampshire|
Yateley is a suburban town and civil parish in the English county of Hampshire. It lies in the north-eastern corner of Hart District Council area. It includes the settlements of Frogmore and Darby Green to the east. It had a population of 21,011 at the 2001 census. The four wards that comprise Yateley and their 2001 populations are Yateley East (5,168), Yateley North (5,078), Yateley West (5,149), and Frogmore & Darby Green (5,616). The 2009 projection was 20,214, according to the Hart District Council website. Yateley Town Council is one of the few local councils to have been recognised under the national 'Quality Council' award scheme.
In 2011 Hart district was named the UK's most desirable place to live, and Yateley was mentioned on a BBC news article as one of the towns within the district. In 2014, it was rated one of the most attractive postcode areas to live in England.
Yateley is bounded to the north by the flood plain of the River Blackwater, much of which is occupied by the Yateley Lakes, which form a country park. The river also forms the boundary between Hampshire and Berkshire to the north. Yateley is bounded to the south by the A30 road. Between the road and the town are Yateley Commons Country Park and Blackbushe Airport. Yateley is some 35 miles (56 km) west-south-west of London and 10 miles (16 km) SE of Reading.
The Yateley Commons Country Park, with woodlands and heath, is linked by a path to nearby Castle Bottom nature reserve, linked by a trail that defines the westerly border of Yateley accessed via its residential area.
Yateley is on a gentle slope towards the Blackwater valley to the north.
Yateley is a residential area with local businesses and light service industries. The B3272 Reading Road is the town's main business link, with numerous shops and other businesses located along this road. The area around St Peter's Church of England parish church, the Dog & Partridge public house and the village green is still referred to as "the village" by many older residents. Yateley Green is a larger open area slightly to the west where there are tennis courts, a playground, Town Council offices and a community hall; it is the location for the annual May Fayre. Yateley Cricket and Hockey Club is situated adjacent to the Blackwater Valley golf course, off Chandlers Lane. There are several other traditional public houses, besides the Dog & Partridge. The derelict public house "the Highwayman" (formerly Poets' Corner, formerly the Monteagle Arms, formerly The Lanes) was destroyed by fire in October 2015.
There are two supermarkets and several smaller stores.
The town also contains within its boundaries the Blackbushe Airport complex, which caters for leisure flights, flying lessons and small business flight operations. The complex also contains a thriving car auction, a go-kart track, parts of an abandoned World War II airfield (those parts of RAF Hartford Bridge which are not now part of Blackbushe Airport) and was once the venue for the popular Blackbushe Sunday Market.
Yateley Football Club was established in 1927 for men's football. In 1967 Yateley Juniors FC was formed. In 2008 both clubs merged to form a single club called Yateley FC. The annual event "Gig On The Green" is held at the end of June every year on Yateley Green to raise funds for sports facilities in the area, including Yateley FC.
Darby Green and Potley FC is the result of a 2010 merger between Darby Green FC and Potley and Frogmore FC. Jed Wallace, a professional footballer, played for Darby Green and Potley FC.[when?]
The name Yateley derives from the Middle English 'Yate' meaning 'Gate' (into Windsor Forest) and 'Lea' which was a 'forest clearing'.. Although in historic records, variations of the spelling include Hyatele, Yateleghe, Yatche, Yatelighe, Yeatley, Yeateley and Yatelegh. The town's logo is a three-barred gate with the keys of Saint Peter (the church dedication) and the Tudor rose of Hampshire. The parish was originally much larger, covering both Blackwater and Hawley.
Yateley Hall in the town dates from the 13th century, but the town itself was mentioned in the Domesday Book of 1086 as Effelle. In the early 17th century, Monteagle Farm was one of the minor properties of the 'discoverer' of the Gunpowder Plot, Lord Monteagle. A tradition has grown up that some of the first plans for the plot were put together there, but this is highly unlikely. However, roads of the residential area around Monteagle Lane have been named after some of the conspirators in memory of the connection.
Through the next few centuries, Yateley developed into a coaching hub between London and Reading.[nowhere near the route] Local legend has it that the curate of Yateley, named Parson Darby, was a highwayman who used the Reading Road as his main stamping ground. Darby Green, where he was hanged, is named after him. The "beast" of Yateley Morris Men is a wooden horse wearing a highwayman's disguise, in memory of Parson Darby.
The Yateley Society is a registered charity, one aim of which is to research and provide information to the public on the history, natural history, architecture and geography of Yateley.
Yateley School in School Lane and Frogmore Community College on the Potley Hill Road are both comprehensive secondary schools. They also both have leisure centres, and Yateley School has a Sixth Form.
Following the closure and amalgamation of St Peter's Church of England Junior School and Yateley Infant School, a new primary school opened in September 2010. Named Cranford Park CE Primary School. and catering for around 200 pupils, the new school moved into state of the art facilities on Cranford Park Drive in September 2011.
Other schools in Yateley are Westfields Infant and Junior Schools in School Lane with a total of about 630 students, Potley Hill Primary School, located next to Frogmore Community College, which caters for 300 students and Newlands Primary School, in Dungells Lane, with around 200.
Yateley Manor School is an independent school catering for around 500 pupils aged 3 to 13. The majority of pupils from this school go on to Lord Wandsworth College, Wellington College, Berkshire or Farnborough Hill. The school is active in sport and is a very active supporter of chess. In 2008 it became the new sponsor of the National Schools Chess Championships.
The nearest university is the University of Reading, with its main Whiteknights campus about 14 km to the north-west of Yateley.
- Singer Alexa Goddard received secondary education at Yateley School, during her emergence of becoming a singer.
- Flora Thompson, author of the trilogy of novels 'Lark Rise to Candleford' is recorded in the 1901 Census as living and working in the Yateley Post Office. These books have since been adapted for television by the BBC.
- Sonny Black a leading UK acoustic guitarist also lives in Yateley.
- Contemporary artist James Robert Ford grew up in Yateley and attended Yateley School. A number of his projects, including House Gymnastics, General Carbuncle, and 33 Things to do before you're 10, have taken place in Yateley.
- Chris Benham, a Hampshire cricketer, grew up in Yateley and attended Yateley School.
- Author Danny King grew up in Yateley and attended Yateley School.
- Sean Devereux, a charity worker in Somalia came from Yateley. He was assassinated and Sean Devereux Park is named after him.
- The body of missing school girl Amanda Dowler was found in woodland close by on 18 September 2002
- David Copeland, known as the "London Nailbomber" after a 13-day bombing campaign in April 1999 aimed at London's black, Asian, and gay communities, grew up in Yateley, though resided in nearby Cove in Farnborough at the time of the attack.
- Jed Wallace, a professional footballer playing for Wolverhampton Wanderers F.C. who received secondary education at Frogmore Community College, during his emergence of becoming a footballer.
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