Hamstead Marshall


Hamstead Marshall

Hamstead Marshall is a village and civil parish in the English county of Berkshire.

Location and amenities

It is situated in the district of West Berkshire, south-west of Newbury, on the Berkshire-Hampshire border. The parish covers nearly 2,000 acres, and contains scattered settlements such as Ash Tree Corner, Chapel Corner, Holtwood and Irish Hill. There is a 12th century church, a village hall, a public house called the White Hart, a Dogs' Trust canine rescue kennels and the Organic Research Centre at Elm Farm.

History

Hamstead Marshall has three sites of medieval motte-and-bailey castles, all on private land, one of which is the possible site of Newbury Castle.

The village was for many years the home of the Earls of Craven. William Craven, 1st Earl of Craven (1608-1697) built a mansion there, originally intended as a residence for Charles I's sister, Elizabeth of Bohemia though she died before construction began. It burnt down in 1718. The Cravens later expanded a hunting lodge to live in instead.

External links

* [http://www.hamsteadmarshall.net Village website]


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