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|Sovereign state||United Kingdom|
|Postcode district||GU46, GU17 (part)|
|Dialling code||01252 01276 (part)|
|Ambulance||South East Coast|
Yateley (//) is a 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.
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 parish church is St Peter's. It was badly damaged in a fire in 1979 and subsequently restored. Its outstanding feature is an early 16th wooden century bell tower housing a ring of eight bells. The tower survived the fire but the bells were cracked and had to be recast. The church is a Grade II listed building.
There are three pubs in Yateley, the White Lion, also a Grade II listed building; the Dog and Partridge and the Royal Oak.
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 United FC. Yateley United will play in the Hellenic Football League Division 2 East for the 2019-20 season.
Yateley Cricket Club (YCC) was established in 1881, originally playing at the Cricketers Pub on Cricket Hill, and then on “The Green” on the Reading Road. In 1999 YCC moved to a new purpose built ground and clubhouse at Sean Devereux Park.
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.
Yateley School is the largest secondary school in north-east Hampshire. It caters for children aged 11 to 16 and has an attached sixth-form college.
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.
- Singer Alexa Goddard attended Yateley School.
- 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 schoolgirl 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 residing in nearby Cove in Farnborough at the time of the attack.
- Robert Morgan, stop-motion animation filmmaker, grew up here.
- Jed Wallace, a professional footballer playing for Millwall F.C. attended Frogmore Community College.
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- Yateley Town Council
- Quality Council Award
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- "UK's 'most desirable' postcodes revealed". BBC News.
- Whiston, White, Robson Baker and Leigh, and Brown (Editors) (1847). Archaeologia: Or, Miscellaneous Tracts, Relating to Antiquity.., Volume 32 (1 ed.). Society of Antiquaries of London. p. 183. ISBN 9780002613408.CS1 maint: multiple names: authors list (link) CS1 maint: extra text: authors list (link)
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- 'Cove - Old and New' by Maye Watson and L. F. Callingham (circa. 1925) Page 45
- "The Church History". St Peter's Church, Yateley. Retrieved 1 September 2020.
- Historic England (24 November 1961). "Church of St Peter (Grade II) (1272232)". National Heritage List for England.
- Historic England (26 June 1987). "The White Lion public house (Grade II) (1244753)". National Heritage List for England.
- "History Of Yateley United FC". hellenicleague.co.uk. 2018.
- "Yateley Cricket Club History". YCC. Retrieved 12 September 2017.
- "Welcome to the Frontpage". cranfordpark.hants.sch.uk. Retrieved 8 January 2016.
- "Yateley Manor - Home". yateleymanor.com. Retrieved 8 January 2016.
- ".org.uk domain names for charities". bcf.org.uk. Retrieved 8 January 2016.
- "General Carbuncle". James R Ford. Retrieved 8 January 2016.
- "33 things to do before you're 10". James R Ford. Retrieved 8 January 2016.
- "ROBERT MORGAN writer/director". animusfilms.co.uk. Retrieved 14 August 2020.