Information about Hampstead
Hampstead Norreys lies on
the river Pang, seven miles north-east of Newbury. In the Middle Ages it was named Hampstead Sifrewast after its
Norman lord, changing to Hampstead Norreys in 1450, when the village was acquired by the Norreys family from Bray.
The Norris spelling was used more in the past, but Norreys tends to prevail today.
There are approximately
330 houses in the village and the 2001 census recorded a population of 748. The village has a vibrant community
shop, pub and energetic church. There are many clubs and other social activities in the community most of which are
reported on this site.