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Ramsbury House
22 High Street
Hungerford
Berkshire
RG17 0NF
United Kingdom
T: +44 1488 682726
F: +44 1488 682 978
hungerford@knightfrank.com
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Tue 8.30am to 6.00pm
Wed 8.30am to 6.00pm
Thu 8.30am to 6.00pm
Fri 8.30am to 6.00pm
Sat 9am to 1pm
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Living in Hungerford

Situated on the River Dun in the Kennet Valley, Hungerford is the westernmost town in Berkshire. It borders the county of Wiltshire and lies within the North Wessex Downs Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Walbury Hill is situated just 4 miles away; the highest point in the South East of England.

Hungerford is an historic market town that is renowned for its antique shops and independent stores, that can be found hidden away in its alleyways and courtyards. A diverse range of modern restaurants and traditional pubs provide a varied choice for a delicious meal, or a quiet drink in a local pub.

A thriving town, Hungerford hosts a number of unique festivals including a 3 week Arts Festival, Carnival Day and Tutti Day. Tutti Day marks the end of the financial year with the Bellman summoning Commoners to the Court, while two Tutti-men work their way around town, visiting every house with common rights.

Hungerford residents have the rare opportunity to walk through the water meadows between the River Dun and the famous Kennet Avon Canal; which provides great enjoyment for many, whether in boats or simply walking along the tow-path. Yet only 4 miles from the M4 motorway, and with a direct rail link to London, it is incredibly accessible.

Places of interest

  • White Horse Hill and the Devil’s Punchbowl
  • The Blowing Stone and Seven Barrows
  • Savernake Forest
  • Pewsey Vale
  • Silbury Hill
  • Avebury Stone Circle
  • Stonehenge
  • Bowood House
  • Marlborough Downs

 

Local authorities

  • Wiltshire Council
    Browfort
    Bath Road
    Devizes
    Wiltshire
    SN10 2AT
    01380 724 911
  • West Berkshire District Council
    Market Street
    Newbury
    Berkshire
    RG14 5LD
    01635 42400
  • Test Valley Borough Council
    Beech Hurst
    Weyhill Road
    Andover
    Hampshire
    SP10 3AJ
    01264 368000
  • Vale of White Horse District Council
    Abbey Close
    Abingdon
    OX14 3JE
    01235 520202
  • Basingstoke & Deane Borough Council
    Civic Offices
    London Road
    Basingstoke
    Hants
    RG21 4AH
    01256 844844

 

Property available in Hungerford

Whether you are looking for a period, character cottage, a striking Georgian or Victorian style rectory, a magnificent farmhouse, or an estate set in glorious countryside, Knight Frank can find the property that's right for you.

History

The name Hungerford is believed to derive from 'Hanging Wood by the Ford' and may come from the Danish King Hingwar who is said to have drowned at Hungerford whilst on his way to meet the Saxons in battle at nearby Edington.

Whilst first written evidence of its existence is not until 1108; Stone Age tools and a Bronze Age building have been found, and mark the beginning of the town’s remarkable and interesting history. The Bear Inn in Charnham Street has played an important part in the history of Hungerford. It is recorded that Charles I used The Bear as his headquarters upon retreat from the Second Battle of Newbury in 1644, and in 1688 William of Orange was offered the Crown of England whilst staying at The Bear. The fact that such a crucial meeting took place in Hungerford, highlights the importance of the London to Bath Road, and the effect that it had on the development of the town.

In 1810 the opening of the Kennet and Avon Canal further enhanced the prosperity of the town, but trade later suffered following the introduction of the Great Western Railway. After the First World War the town began to expand once again and with a great emphasis on community spirit, The Croft was opened in 1921; a sports ground providing facilities for bowls, croquet, tennis, rugby and cricket to thrive. The opening of the M4 motorway in 1971 and the restoration of the Kennet and Avon Canal 1974-1990, has brought further prosperity to the region.

Getting to Hungerford

Roads

  • M4, M3 and A303 are all nearby
  • Newbury 9 miles
  • Marlborough 10 miles
  • Swindon 16 miles
  • Andover 24 miles
  • Reading 26 miles
  • Oxford 28 miles
  • Bristol 55 miles
  • London 65 miles

Rail

  • Hungerford to London Paddington: frequent trains taking 55 minutes
  • Whitchurch to London Waterloo: frequent trains taking 65 minutes

Air

  • Southampton 45 miles
  • Heathrow 54 miles
  • Bristol 65 miles

Taxi/chauffeur services

  • Hungerford Taxis
    01488 681182
  • Taxi in Hungerford
    01488 580 002

 

Schools

There are a wide variety of excellent state and fee paying schools in the area.

Primary Schools

  • Brockhurst and Marlston House
    Hermitage, Newbury
    Berkshire
    RG18 9UL
    01635 200293
    www.brockmarl.org.uk
  • Cheam School
    Headley, Newbury
    Berkshire
    RG19 8LD
    01635 268242
  • Elstree School
    Woolhampton, Reading
    Berkshire
    RG7 5TD
    0118 971 3302
  • Great Bedwyn C E Primary School
    Farm Lane, Great Bedwyn
    Wiltshire
    SN8 3TR
    01672 870 482
  • Great Shefford Primary School
    Wantage Road, Great Shefford
    Berkshire
    RG17 7DB
    01488 648657
  • Horris Hill
    Newtown, Newbury
    Berkshire
    RG20 9DJ
    01635 40594
  • Farleigh School
    Red Rice, Andover
    Hampshire
    SP11 7PW
    01264 710 766
  • St Gabriel's
    Sandleford Priory
    Newbury, Berkshire
    RG20 9BD
    01635 555 680
  • St Francis School
    Marlborough Road, Pewsey
    Wiltshire
    SN9 5NT
    01672 563 228
  • Shalbourne CE Primary School
    Kingston Road, Shalbourne
    Marlborough
    Wiltshire
    SN8 3QH
    01672 870 475
  • Pinewood
    Bourton, Shrivenham
    Wiltshire
    SN6 8HZ 01793 782 205
  • Thorngrove School
    The Mount, Highclere
    Newbury
    RG20 9PS
    01635 253 172

 

Secondary Schools

  • Bradfield College
    Reading, Berkshire
    RG7 6AU
    01189 644 500
  • Downe House
    Cold Ash, Thatcham
    Berkshire
    RG18 9JJ
    01635 200 286
  • Dauntsey's School
    West Lavington, Devizes
    Wiltshire
    SN10 4HE
    01380 814 500
  • John O'Gaunt Community Technology College
    Priory Road, Hungerford
    Berkshire
    RG17 0AN
    01488 682 400
  • Marlborough College
    Bath Road, Marlborough
    Wiltshire
    SN8 1PA
    01672 892200
  • Park House School
    Andover Road
    Newbury
    RG14 6NQ
    01635 573 911
  • St Mary's School
    Calne
    SN11 0DF
    01249 857200
  • St John’s Marlborough
    Granham Hill
    Wiltshire
    SN8 4AX
    01672 516156
  • St Bartholomew's School
    Andover Road, Newbury
    Berkshire
    RG14 6JP
    01635 521 255

Bars and Restaurants

  • The Vineyard Hotel & Restaurant
    Fine dining
    Stockcross
    01635 528 770
  • The Harrow
    Michelin Starred Restaurant
    Little Bedwyn
    01672 87087
  • Coles Restaurant
    Gastro
    Marlborough
    01672 515004

Hospitals and Medical practices

  • Swindon- Great Western Hospital
    01793 604020
  • West Berkshire Community Hospital
    01635 273300
  • Hungerford Surgery
    01488 682507
  • Lambourn Surgery
    01488 72299
  • Burbage Surgery
    0844 4771883
  • Pewsey Surgery
    0844 4778546

Theatres and cinemas

  • Watermill Theatre
    Bagnor
    Newbury
    01635 46044
  • The Corn Exchange Arts Centre
    Newbury
    01635 522733