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Hamstead Marshall
facts and figures
The civil parish comprises 1,850 acres/749 hectares, four miles west of Newbury, Berkshire.

Latitude is 51.38831°(+N/-S).
and longitude is -1.40973°(-W/+E).

The Ordnance Survey grid reference is SU 4165.

For centuries the most northerly stream of the river Kennet formed the northern boundary, but in 1991 this boundary was pushed a little further north, and now runs along the railway.

The western boundary also changed in 1991, and now runs along Old Lane.

The river Enborne forms part of the southern boundary.

(Image produced from the Ordnance Survey Get-a-map service with permission of Ordnance Survey and Ordnance Survey of Northern Ireland.)

Adjoining parishes (clockwise from north) are Speen, Enborne, East Woodhay (Hants), West Woodhay and Kintbury.

All of Hamstead to the west of Ash Tree Corner lies within the North Wessex Downs Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.
Parish council: member contact and meeting details.

Hamstead Marshall lies within the Kintbury ward of West Berkshire Council. For details of the two councillors who represent the ward and a summary of services see West Berkshire Council services.

UK Parliament: Newbury constituency MP is Richard Benyon (Con). You can ring his local office on 01635 551070 or his House of Commons office on 0207 219 8319.

European Parliament UK constituency: South East. These 10 MEPs represent Hamstead Marshall.

The polling station is the village hall.

For non-urgent enquiries ring 101.
Hamstead Marshall is part of TVP Hungerford area. Policing provision for this area, and contacts, can be found here.
Hamstead’s population in the 2011 census numbered 275. Most houses are owner-occupied, with about 20 association houses. About 14 flats and houses are privately rented. A few of Hamstead’s houses are second homes.
parish planning
Hamstead Marshall’s first Parish Plan was adopted by West Berks Council in 2007, since when many of its planned actions have been completed, thanks to funding from a variety of sources such as WBC, Vibrant Villages, Greenham Common Trust and North Wessex Downs AONB.
A revision is now being undertaken by a new team, headed by Sue Watts.

The Village Design Statement (VDS) is a separate document defining the character of the village for the purposes of future planning. It was drawn up in consultation with village residents over two years, and was adopted by WBC in August 2009.