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Highclere Parish Council

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The Parish of Highclere is in North West Hampshire, within the borough of Basingstoke and Deane and the County of Hampshire.

It lies astride the A343 Newbury to Andover road in the North Wessex Downs Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty but also convenient for the ancient market town of Newbury, with its leisure, cultural and shopping facilities as well as the famous Newbury Racecourse and fast trains to London and elsewhere. Excellent communications also include proximity to the A34 trunk road and the M4 motorway.

The parish has five main settlements - Highclere, the Highclere Castle Estate, Highclere Street, Penwood and Wash Water.

The stunning Highclere Castle. Photographs are used with Permission from Highclere Castle. Copyright Highclere Castle. The stunning Highclere Castle. Photographs are used with Permission from Highclere Castle. Copyright Highclere Castle.

The immediate area’s outstanding feature is the magnificent Highclere Castle and its surrounding park, home of the Earl and Countess of Carnarvon. Historically associated with the Castle are the Parish Church of St Michael & All Angels, the Highclere Stud and the Highclere Thoroughbred Racing syndicate. The parish has a popular and thriving pub, The Red House, an excellent and very busy village hall, hosting a wide range of community activities, and the successful Thorngrove Prep School. The Highclere part of the parish is contiguous with the larger village of Woolton Hill, with infant and primary schools and our local Post Office Stores.

The Highclere Society works to sustain and enhance the local environment and to promote social engagement; for local community news visit our Highclere Village community website.

For parish council elections there are two wards - Highclere ward and Penwood ward.

Highclere Parish Council

Highclere Church. Copyright David Hogg, Horizon Imaging Highclere Church. Copyright David Hogg, Horizon Imaging