Place:Kingsclere, Hampshire, England

Alt namesCleresource: Domesday Book (1985) p 124
TypeParish (ancient), Civil parish
Coordinates51.317°N 1.25°W
Located inHampshire, England
See alsoKingsclere Hundred, Hampshire, Englandancient county division in which it was located
Evingar Hundred, Hampshire, Englandancient county division in which it was located
Kingsclere Rural, Hampshire, Englandrural district in which it was located 1894-1932
Kingsclere and Whitchurch Rural, Hampshire, Englandrural district in which it was located 1932-1974
Basingstoke and Deane District, Hampshire, Englanddistrict municipality covering the area since 1974
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Kingsclere is a large village and civil parish in the Basingstoke and Deane District of Hampshire. Kingsclere is located near to Watership Down, the setting of Richard Adams' 1972 novel Watership Down.

Kingsclere is situated approximately equidistant (13 km /8 miles) from the towns of Basingstoke and Newbury on the A339 road.


Kingsclere can trace back its history to a place identified as belonging to King Alfred in his will between 872 and 888, the clere possibly meaning 'bright' or 'clearing'.

Local legend asserts that King John was troubled by a bedbug during a night in a Kingsclere inn, when prevented by fog from reaching his lodge on Cottington’s hill. He ordained that the church should erect and evermore maintain upon its tower a representation of the creature which disturbed his sleep.

Ecchinswell and Hannington were both chapelries of Kingsclere in Evingar Hundred when local government was in the hands of the church and the courts.

Research Tips

  • Victoria County History of Hampshire, volume 4, chapter (long) on Kingsclere.
  • GENUKI has a list of archive holders in Hampshire including the Hampshire Record Office, various museums in Portsmouth and Southhampton, the Isle of Wight Record Office and Archives.
  • The Hampshire Online Parish Clerk project has a large collection of transcriptions from Parish Registers across Hampshire.
  • A listing of all the Registration Districts in England and Wales since their introduction in 1837 together with tables listing the parishes that were part of each district and the time period covered, along with detailed notes on changes of parish name, mergers, etc. Do respect the copyright on this material.
  • The three-storey City Museum in Winchester covers the Iron Age and Roman periods, the Middle Ages, and the Victorian period.
  • Volumes in The Victoria County History Series are available for Hampshire through British History Online. There are three volumes and the county is covered by parishes within the old divisions of "hundreds".
A collection of maps on the A Vision of Britain through Time website illustrating the English county of Hampshire over the period 1832-1932 (the last two are expandible):
  • A group of maps of the post-1974 municipal districts or boroughs of Hampshire on Wikipedia Commons
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