About the Parish

Ashmansworth Parish Council represents the community of two small villages, Ashmansworth with around 65 houses and neighbouring Crux Easton with around 25 houses, located approximately 7 miles (11km) south-south-west of Newbury.

The villages sit either side of the A343 Newbury to Andover Road and are less than a 10 minute drive from the A34 trunk road linking Oxford, Newbury and Winchester.  They are two of the highest villages in Hampshire and the surrounding counties, lying around 235 metres (770 feet) above sea level, and what is probably the highest house in the county lies within the parish, at 252 metres above sea level.

Both villages lie within the North Wessex Downs Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and consequently the views from many parts of the parish are exceptional and very popular with those enjoying the outdoor life.  There are a number of footpaths in the area and the long distance track, the Wayfarers’ Walk, skirts the villages.

The core of Ashmansworth village is centered round the main thoroughfare where the Plough Inn (now closed), village hall, village green, war memorial, former chapel and old school house are located.  This hub is where most of the village social scene is based and is also well trodden by passing ramblers enjoying the pleasant surroundings.

At Church Farm, large quantities of pottery were found, identified as Belgic, Roman, Norman and mediaeval and indicating continuous occupation from Iron Age to mediaeval times.  Excavations also revealed Norman buildings with cobbled courtyard, and a 365ft deep well.

There are lots of key buildings in the village including 9 listed buildings, such as Mere Cottage, dating from the 16th century and Steeles Farmhouse, dating from the 17th century, and the parish church dating from the 12th century. There are also newer additions such as the Manor Farmhouse, and all combine to make Ashmansworth a characteristically rural community, with many obvious signs of its agricultural heritage reflected in its development.

The parish has an active community participating in many village events, such as ploughman’s lunches, flower shows and summer barbeques, which create a real sense of community.

Crux Easton is famous for its history of De Havilland, Sir Oswald Mosely and its unique Wind Engine. It has 5 listed buildings.

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OS map Ashmansworth

OS Map Ashmansworth in relation to surrounding towns