Upton Grey

Upton Grey is a village and civil parish in Hampshire, England.

Upton Grey
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St Mary's church
Upton Grey is located in Hampshire
Upton Grey
Upton Grey
Location within Hampshire
Population608 (2011 Census)[1]
OS grid referenceSU6986748182
Civil parish
  • Upton Grey
Shire county
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Post townBasingstoke
Postcode districtRG25
Dialling code01256
AmbulanceSouth Central
UK Parliament
List of places
51°13′43″N 1°00′03″W / 51.2286°N 1.0008°W / 51.2286; -1.0008Coordinates: 51°13′43″N 1°00′03″W / 51.2286°N 1.0008°W / 51.2286; -1.0008


Roman timesEdit

The village is on the line of an ancient Roman road, the Chichester to Silchester Way.

Norman timesEdit

The Grey derives from the years when the village was owned by the de Grey family and was used to differentiate the village from the many other Uptons.

Elizabethan timesEdit

The Manor House dates from Elizabethan times when the Matthew family lived there. The famous Elizabethan poet, George Puttenham, lived at Herriard House but also had a farm at Upton Grey. It was there that- at least according to his wife in their divorce proceedings- he kept his seventeen-year-old sex slave whom he had kidnapped in London. Eventually she was released when Puttenham's long suffering wife discovered her existence.[2]


Manor HouseEdit

Charles Holme purchased several houses and a great deal of the surrounding land in Upton Grey. The Old Manor House, which he rented to tenants for the rest of his life, was in fragile condition. Holme then commissioned a local architect Ernest Newton to refurbish it, keeping many of the original timbers. Today's Edwardian decoration encloses oak rooms, a 16th-century staircase and original roof timbers. Newton's house was finished in 1907. Gertrude Jekyll created a four and a half acre garden around it.

Hoddington HouseEdit

Hoddington House is a Grade II* Listed mansion built around 1700 by John Limbrey. Described by Nikolaus Pevsner as ‘by far the best house’ in Upton Grey, it is built on the site of a religious house called Edyndon, a monastery affiliated to the Abbey of Beaulieu in the New Forest.[3] It was the childhood home of George Sclater-Booth, 1st Baron Basing and his brother, the naturalist Philip Sclater.

St Mary's ChurchEdit

Monuments in St Mary's, Church include an alabaster wall monument to Dorothy Bulstrode, Lady Eyre (1592-1650), a lady in waiting to Queen Anne of Denmark, wife of King James VI and I, with her portrait bust and heraldry.[4]


The village of Upton Grey is part of the civil parish of Upton Grey,[5] and is part of the Upton Grey and the Candovers ward of Basingstoke and Deane borough council.[6] The borough council is a Non-metropolitan district of Hampshire County Council.


Upton Grey is near Basingstoke, which lies to the north-west. There are various other villages located in all directions around the village, including:

Village amenitiesEdit

There are various amenities in the village. These include the Upton Grey Village Shop, the Hoddington Arms public house, St Mary's Church, a village hall, a duck pond, and a war memorial to the south of the church.

Further readingEdit

Trevor Hart St. Mary's Church and the Community of Upton Grey 2009 (available from the church and village shop).

A Brief History of the Village is available in the old Phone Box, across from the pub. This was also written by Trevor Hart.


  1. ^ "Civil Parish population 2011". Neighbourhood Statistics. Office for National Statistics. Retrieved 22 January 2017.
  2. ^ May, Stephen W (2008). "George Puttenham's Lewd and Illicit Career". Texas Studies in Literature and Language. University of Texas Press. 50 (2). doi:10.1353/tsl.0.0001.
  3. ^ Property details http://search.knightfrank.com/cho100437
  4. ^ 'Parishes: Upton Grey', in A History of the County of Hampshire, vol. 3, ed. William Page (London, 1908), pp. 382-386. British History Online.
  5. ^ "Hampshire County Council's legal record of public rights of way in Hampshire" (PDF). 2008. Retrieved 26 October 2010.
  6. ^ "Basingstoke and Deane Wards info". 2010. Archived from the original on 24 October 2010. Retrieved 26 October 2010.

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