Kingsclere has many royal connections from at least Saxon times - it was mentioned by King Alfred the Great in his will. The early name was simply "Clere", a parish that stretched as far as the present Burghclere and Highclere. Through the Middle Ages the Kings hunted across nearby Freemantle park. Sydmonton - on the road to Burghclere - is now the home of Lord Lloyd-Webber, which faces the Watership Down of rabbit warren renown. At St Mary's church ("the cathedral of the downs"), much of the Norman church survives, the building having been restored during the great Victorian church building era. On special occasions it is floodlit, showing the curious and perhaps unique "bed bug" weather vane - added on the orders of King John after a rather disturbed night at the nearby inn! The picture is courtesy of David Sadler.

Today there is an active Village Club as well as shops, two pub-restaurants and a widely popular Italian restaurant, Sasso's.

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8 Mar 2015 Kingsclere Village Club salute Peter Woodman
3 Nov 2014 Sir George backs Village Stores
25 Aug 2014 Kingsclere Church Fete defies the Rain
13 Oct 2013 Sir George visits Art Exhibitions in Kingsclere
15 Jun 2012 Sir George opens Jubilee Garden
30 Apr 2012 Sir George appalled at flooding tragedy
22 Oct 2011 Sir George opens Kingsclere Beer festival
22 Oct 2011 Kingsclere Cubs raise funds for Barnardos
18 Jul 2011 Sir George congratulates Newbury volunteers on netting regional FA award
25 Jun 2011 Kingsclere holds That's Entertainment
11 Jun 2011 Refurbished Village Club opened by Sir George
8 Oct 2010 Sir George launches Beer and Cider Festival at Kingsclere
2 Oct 2010 HGV Meeting in Kingsclere
30 Aug 2010 Sir George helps Church raise funds
14 Nov 2009 Sir George presents Kingsclere Volunteer and Good Citizen Awards
20 Sep 2009 Kingsclere Heritage Association sponsors Dig at Tidgrove Warren Farm
22 May 2009 Festival of Flowers held in Kingsclere
23 Apr 2009 Living Paintings Trust celebrates 20 years
26 Aug 2008 The last of the fetes
19 Jul 2008 Kingsclere holds Medieval Summer Fair
6 Jun 2008 North Wessex Downs AONB holds Annual Forum
30 Jun 2007 Sir George opens That Entertainment at Kingsclere
6 May 2007 Sir George walks for Macmillan Cancer Support
4 May 2006 Friends of St Mary's Kingsclere hold Art Exhibition
20 Apr 2006 County Councillors meet Headley residents to discuss traffic on A339
11 Apr 2006 Sir George and Richard Benyon chair meeting on ProLogis, Greenham Park
2 Dec 2005 Tantaras Wish Campaign launched in Kingsclere
22 Oct 2005 Sir George looks at Kingsclere Village Plan
8 Oct 2005 Holistic & Beauty Day Spa opens in new premises
30 Jul 2005 Fetes go ahead despite the weather
27 Apr 2005 The team move on to Kingsclere
10 Apr 2005 Kingsclere hold Spring Show
9 Dec 2004 Sir George tests Chocolate Fountain
23 Oct 2004 Sir George presents certificates to Kingsclere volunteers
11 Sep 2004 Sir George visits Roman settlement at Tidgrove Warren Farm
3 Jul 2004 Sir George looks in on Clere Festival
2 Jul 2004 Broadband: the good news and the less good news
27 Apr 2004 Good news from BT
27 Apr 2004 Kingsclere ADSL: an incorrect trigger number?
22 Apr 2004 ADSL to reach more homes and businesses
25 Mar 2004 Tory Leader's Wife attends Health & Beauty Day
19 Feb 2004 Kingsclere Art Society hold 7th Exhibition
24 Jan 2004 Burghclere, St Mary Bourne close to Broadband target
23 Jan 2004 Sir George launches Broadband in Kingsclere
11 Jan 2004 Kingsclere Tories hold New Year Drinks
25 Nov 2003 Congratulations to Kingsclere Broadband Campaign
23 Sep 2003 Kingsclere win Calor Hampshire Village of the Year Competition
13 Aug 2003 Kingsclere looks at Broadband options
11 Jul 2003 Broadband - Good News for Dummer and Monk Sherborne
23 Apr 2003 Broadband: Progress in North West Hampshire
22 Mar 2003 Kingsclere bids farewell to Canon Benton
24 Nov 2002 Kingsclere Conservatives hold Christmas Drinks
25 Oct 2002 Early Bird Appeal launched at North Hampshire Hospital
2 Sep 2002 Sir George responds to Greenham Common decision
2 Jul 2002 Two cheers for BT on Broadband Initiative
11 May 2002 Kingsclere launch Jubilee History Exhibition at Village Club
10 Apr 2002 Basingstoke and Deane - Time for a Better Deal
26 Mar 2002 Highways Agency replies to Sir George on A339 safety.
2 Mar 2002 Mayor opens bench in Kingsclere
2 Mar 2002 New website for Kingsclere
2 Nov 2001 Tim Yeo joins Hampshire Tories on the Golf Course
2 Oct 2001 Parish Councils combine to oppose Sainsbury's Depot
12 Sep 2001 Sainsbury's respond on traffic flows
12 Sep 2001 Sainsbury's respond on traffic flows (2)_
6 Jul 2001 Can I use material from your site in our local village website?
9 Jun 2001 How do I get a link to my site from your site?
Local Links
Parishes website - Kingsclere with Ashford Hill with Headley
Including the church websites for St Mary's Kingsclere, St Paul's Ashford Hill and St Peter's Headley - including interesting historical information about St Mary's. WARNING - requires a current version of FLASH before you can get into the home page.
Kingsclere Parish Council
Including a useful parish diary
Kingsclere - History and Genealogy
A fine collection of items culled from historic texts and sources by Peter Langdon Goff.
Kingsclere Methodist Church
There are details of services, some history and a diary showing who will preach on coming Sundays.
Kingsclere Info
Unclear about the status of this site - the information appears to date from 2003, and the index images fail?
Kingsclere Cricket Club
Founded in 1774 - making it one of the oldest cricket clubs in the country - Kingsclere have even had the legendry W.G. Grace play for the club in the past.
Kingsclere Players
A page at the Newbury Theatre site. When last visited (December 2006) it carried information about the March 2006 production.

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