infobox UK place
country = England
population = 378 (2001
region=South East England
postcode_district = RG8
Ashampstead is a small
villagein the rural area of the English county of Berkshirethat lies between Reading, Newbury and Streatley. The village population is around 350, occupying some 150 dwellings.
The village was known as Esshamstede in the 13th and 14th centuries.
The parish church of
St. Clementdates from the 12th century and has frescoes from the 13th century and a wooden bell turretfrom the 15th century. It is believed that the frescoes may have been commissioned from Lyre Abbeyin Normandy, France. The only remaining bell dates from 1662.
Ashampstead is a
civil parishin its own right, and forms part of the district administered by the unitary authorityof West Berkshire.
List of places in Berkshire
List of civil parishes in England
* [http://www.ashampstead.com/ Ashampstead Village Website]
*Web page 'http://www.ashampstead.com/history.html', retrieved 18:25 October 3, 2004 (UTC).
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