Enborne is a village and civil parish in West Berkshire. The River Enbourne shares its name, however it does not pass through the village. There is a vineyard in Enbourne – All Angels Vineyard a local pub with a children's play area and a church. Enborne takes its name from the river Enborne that runs along the south edge of the Parish.
It is based in a valley and has some lovely views and places to walk through, via the footpaths that run through the area. Horse riding is popular in the Parish, and at times, the only traffic on the minor roads is in fact four-legged.
ENBORNE| WEST BERKSHIRE VILLAGES | FOOD & DRINK
Enborne has a village pub, The Craven Arms. The pub was built in the early 18th century and was acquired by the Craven Estate in the nineteenth century. It serves traditional British pub food and a specials board. It also has an indoor area, garden and a tipi.
ENBORNE| WEST BERKSHIRE VILLAGES | CHURCH
St. Michaels and All Angels is a beautiful 12th Century Church which was heavily restored in the late 19th century with a recently enlarged and well cared for graveyard, in which a number of soldiers from the civil war are buried.
There is an excellent, newly built parish hall and Benefice office – the Barn.
There are three regular services each month with occasional extras, such as the Songs of Praise where the congregation choose and sing favourite hymns
ENBORNE| WEST BERKSHIRE VILLAGES | HEALTH
There is the Falkland Surgery in Newbury and the Kintbury and Woolton Hill Surgery in Kintbury
ENBORNE| WEST BERKSHIRE VILLAGERS | SPORTS
Most sports facilities are located in Newbury. Enbourne does have an Equestrian Centre and Riding School and there is Falkland Cricket Club nearby
ENBORNE| WEST BERKSHIRE VILLAGES | SCHOOL
Enbourne C of E Primary School is found in the village.
ENBORNE| WEST BERKSHIRE VILLAGES | TRANSPORT
The nearest bus is the No 7a
ENBORNE| WEST BERKSHIRE VILLAGES | PARISH COUNCIL
There is a parish council.
EnBORNE| WEST BERKSHIRE VILLAGES |ENVIRONMENT
The Poors Allotment is a 20-acre field owned by the Poors Allotment Charity. The Trustees of the Charity are also the Councillors of Enborne Parish Council. The Parish Council, in line with many other institutions in West Berkshire, have undertaken to encourage the reduction of the Parish’s carbon footprint. As part of this initiative the Councillors/Trustees are considering siting solar panels on the Poors Allotment with the objective of generating electricity and reducing the carbon footprint of the Parish.
Historically, the field was for the benefit of the poor of the parish and a place where they could collect firewood. Today the field is predominantly unwooded and the Trustees currently rent the field out for grazing. This generates a small annual income which is slowly accumulating.
The Poors Allotment Charity’s objectives are “To promote any charitable purpose (charitable in English law) for the benefit of the residents of the parish of Enborne in West Berkshire; in particular but not exclusively by the provision of grants to local charities which provide advice and services calculated to relieve the charitable needs of those residents”.
ENBORNE| WEST BERKSHIRE VILLAGES | HISTORY
Enborne is a village and civil parish to the west of Newbury, West Berkshire.
The River Enborne, which shares its name, forms the southern border of the Parish, with the railway and the River Kennet forming the border to the north. Largely rural in nature, the parish includes a number of farms, some private parkland, and woodland, with houses dispersed into small hamlets across the area. The south- east corner of the parish where it borders the suburbs of Newbury, Wash Common contains the majority of the parish population.
There are some 735 inhabitants in Enborne with Enborne Primary School serving the local population and surrounding areas.
The village name has had many variant spellings in the past, including Anebourne in 1086, and Enbourne, Enborn, Enbourn in the last 200 years.
Enborne Copse, to the north, contains an area of ancient woodland and has been designated a Site of Special Scientific Interest.
The site of the historic First Battle of Newbury (20th September 1643), now farmland, lies near the eastern border of the Parish.