- Hambledon, Hampshire
infobox UK place
country = England
population = 947 (2001 census)
City of Winchester
region= South East England
postcode_district = PO6 2
dial_code= 023 92
Hambledon is a small
villageand civil parishin the county of Hampshirein England, situated about 15 miles north of Portsmouth.
Hambledon is best known as the 'Cradle of
Cricket'. It is thought that Hambledon Club, one of the oldest cricket clubs known, was formed about 1750. Hambledon was England's leading cricket club from about 1765 until the formation of MCC ( Marylebone Cricket Club) in 1787.
The famous "Bat and Ball Inn" in Hyden Farm Lane, Clanfield is next to the historic cricket ground near
Broadhalfpenny Downwhere the Hambledon club originally played. The inn was run by Richard Nyren, who was also captain of the club. The modern Hambledon Cricket Club's ground is at Ridge Meadow - about half a mile away.
Hambledon is a rural village surrounded by fields and woods. There are about 400 households with just under 1,000 residents.The nearest villages are Clanfield,
There is a
school, Hambledon Infant School, recently rated as 'Outstanding' by Ofsted, and a parish church, St Peter's and St Paul's.
"The Witches", a 1966
Hammer Filmsproduction, was mostly filmed in Hambledon.
* [http://www.communigate.co.uk/hants/thehambledonclub/index.phtml Refoundation of the cricket club in 1999 after a brief break]
* [http://www.hambledon-hants.com/ Hambledon website]
* [http://www.hambledoninfantschool.co.uk/ Hambledon Infant School]
* [http://www.hambledonchurch.btinternet.co.uk/ St Peter's and St Paul's Church]
* [http://gallery.beautifulengland.net/main.php?g2_itemId=7535 Information and photographs of Hambledon]
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