Leckhampstead

There is a village hall. A quiz is held once a month, pastel classes, art group and WI. Coffee mornings are held 10.00-12.00am very Wednesday. The hall can be hired. There are disabled toilets and a ramp for disabled access. Email: info@leckhampsteadvillagehall.co.uk. There is a mobile library every three weeks on a Monday, route H.

Transport

There is a bus service in Leckhampstead. The Downland Volunteer Group provide transport. Tel No: 01635578394 on Monday-Friday 9.30-11.30.

Communication

There is a Church PCC website.

Churches

Part of the West Downland Benefice,  St James’ Church has a service at 08.00am every fourth Sunday of the month.

Rector: Rev. Miri Keen 01488 641641859, is situated on the downs between Wantage and Newbury. Our brick and flint church was designed by S.S.Teulon and provides a welcoming and unusual setting for worship. ALL are very welcome to join us in our services – there is a special area in the church for the youngest members of our congregation should they wish to use it. Leckhampstead is a member of the West Downland Benefice of Brightwalton with Catmore, Chaddleworth, Fawley, Leckhampstead, Great Shefford with Shefford Woodlands and Welford with Wickham. The local residents feel the church is important

Health

The local GP surgery is the Downland practice.

History

Leckhampstead is approximately eight miles north west of Newbury, just west of the B4494 road which runs from Newbury to Wantage, and lies in the North Wessex Downs Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. The village is a mixture of modern and more traditional thatched houses with around 300 inhabitants and is mainly open fields and coppices with few roads. It is in three parts – the main, middle part of Leckhampstead, the smaller part to the west, Leckhampstead Thicket, and the hamlet of Hill Green which lies to the east of the B4494.Hill Green was the original Leckhampstead until the time of the plague when this settlement was so devastated that the few remaining inhabitants decided to move to the other side of the valley (now with the B4494 running through it) to the high ground. The chapel (dating from around 1050) remained at Chapel Farm until 1859 when the present church dedicated to St James the Less was built. It houses the Saxon font, the Jacobean pulpit and altar rails, the single church bell (1350) and also the porch timbers from the original chapel and the church itself has an interesting brick work design. The War Memorial is surrounded by naval chains and 4″ shell cases and the clock on the Memorial has hands made from First World War bayonets, hours made of .303 cartridges and minutes made from .303 bullets. In the Census of 1881 there were 311 people living in the Parish with almost all the adults working in the Parish, whereas today, although the number of people in the Parish is much the same, very few actually work there.

 

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