Yattendon shown within Berkshire
|Area||0.63 km2 (0.24 sq mi)|
|Population||369 (2011 census)|
|– density||586/km2 (1,520/sq mi)|
|OS grid reference|
|Unitary authority||West Berkshire|
|Sovereign state||United Kingdom|
|EU Parliament||South East England|
Yattendon is a geographically small village and civil parish 7 miles (11 km) northeast of Newbury, Berkshire. The M4 motorway passes through the fields of the village which lie 0.5 miles (800 m) south and below the elevations of its cluster.
Yattendon stretches from Everington in the west to the hamlet of Burnt Hill in the east and the woodland just east of Yattendon Court, including Mumgrove Copse, Bushy Copse, Clack's Copse and Gravelpit Copse. The motorway forms most of its southern boundary and some of the houses on the northern edge of Frilsham are actually in Yattendon. The River Pang flows through the west of the parish. It was in the hundred of Faircross, which was of little consequence after the Dissolution of the Monasteries and effectively ceased to function after 1886.
- Sir Henry Norreys, a Tudor courtier accused of adultery with Queen Anne Boleyn and the father of
- Henry Norris, 1st Baron Norreys, Ambassador to France and father of
- Sir John Norreys, the greatest soldier of Elizabethan England whose memorial is in the parish church
Other notable residents of Yattendon include:
- Robert Bridges, who later became Poet Laureate, lived at Yattendon from his retirement from medicine in 1882 until he moved to Boars Hill near Oxford.
- Thomas Carte, noted English historian, once held the rectory and was buried in the church.
- Sir Miles Dempsey, Second World War general
- Edward Iliffe, 1st Baron Iliffe, the newspaper magnate who lived at Yattendon Court. From 1925 to 1940, he amalgamated several small farming estates and formed the Yattendon Estate in 1955. It covers nearly 9,000 acres (36 km²) of farmland, woodland, grazing and Christmas tree plantations.
- Egon Ronay the restaurant critic, lived in Yattendon until his death in 2010.
- Alfred Waterhouse, the architect of the Natural History Museum who built himself a home at Yattendon Court (not the present building).
- Ruth Mott, presenter of the BBC's "Victorian Kitchen" and "Wartime Kitchen and Garden" series. Technical advisor on the 2001 Robert Altman film, "Gosford Park".
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