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Kingsclere, Hampshire

Historical Description

Kingsclere, a small town and a parish in Hants. The town stands on a small tributary of the Embourn river, and on the edge of a range of hills flanking the NE side of a " weald'' valley about 5 miles long and 2 wide, 3¾ S of the boundary with Berks, 4 from Burghclere station on the G.W.R., and 9 NW of Basingstoke. It has a post, money order, and telegraph office under Newbury. It was a seat of the West Saxon kings, has declined from ancient importance to a condition little above that of a large rural village, is a seat of petty sessions, and has three churches, three dissenting chapels, three free schools, and a workhouse. The parish church is Norman and cruciform, has a well-proportioned central tower, was restored in 1848, and contains a monument to Dr Webbe, chaplain of Charles II., a handsome monument to Sir Henry Kingmill of 1635, an interesting brass of 1519, and several other brasses. The church of St Paul Woodlands stands at the distance of more than 3 miles from the town, was built in 1845, is in the Decorated English style, and consists of nave, aisles, and chancel. The free school was endowed in 1618 and rebuilt in 1861. The workhouse is on the road to Newbury. The Albert Hall is a handsome building of red brick built in 1886. Fairs are held on Whit-Tuesday and the Tuesday after 10 Oct., and malting is carried on. Acreage, 13, 126; population of the civil parish, 2628; of the ecclesiastical, 1500. The manor continued long with the Crown, had a hunting-lodge of the Plantagenet kings at Freemantle Park, now under the plough, passed to the De la Poles and others, and belongs now to Lord Bolton. Vestiges of two Roman camps are on the hills. The head living is a vicarage, and that of St Paul Woodlands with St Peter Headley also is a vicarage, in the diocese of Winchester; net value of the former, £280 with residence; of the latter, £320 with residence, including endowment for Headley. Patron of the former, Lord Bolton; of the latter, the Vicar of Kingsclere.

Transcribed from The Comprehensive Gazetteer of England & Wales, 1894-5


The following is a list of the administrative units in which this place was either wholly or partly included.

Ancient CountyHampshire 
Ecclesiastical parishKingsclere St. Mary 
Poor Law unionKingsclere 

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Land and Property

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DistrictBasingstoke and Deane
RegionSouth East
Postal districtRG20
Post TownNewbury