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Yateley (/ˈjtli/) is a town and civil parish in the English county of Hampshire. It lies in the north-eastern corner of Hart District Council area. It includes the settlements of Frogmore and Darby Green to the east. It had a population of 21,011[1] at the 2001 census. The four wards that comprise Yateley and their 2001 populations are Yateley East (5,168), Yateley North (5,078), Yateley West (5,149), and Frogmore & Darby Green (5,616). The 2009 projection was 20,214, according to the Hart District Council website.[2] Yateley Town Council is one of the few local councils to have been recognised under the national 'Quality Council' award scheme.[3]

Yateley is located in Hampshire
Location within Hampshire
Population20,214 (2009)
OS grid referenceSU8160
Civil parish
  • Yateley
Shire county
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Post townYATELEY
Postcode districtGU46, GU17 (part)
Dialling code01252 01276 (part)
AmbulanceSouth East Coast
EU ParliamentSouth East England
UK Parliament
List of places
51°20′28″N 0°49′59″W / 51.341°N 0.833°W / 51.341; -0.833Coordinates: 51°20′28″N 0°49′59″W / 51.341°N 0.833°W / 51.341; -0.833

In 2011 Hart district was named the UK's most desirable place to live, and Yateley was mentioned on a BBC News article as one of the towns within the district.[4] In 2014, it was rated one of the most attractive postcode areas to live in England.[5]


Yateley is bounded to the north by the floodplain of the River Blackwater, much of which is occupied by the Yateley Lakes, which form a country park. The river also forms the boundary between Hampshire and Berkshire to the north. Yateley is bounded to the south by the A30 road. Between the road and the town are Yateley Commons Country Park and Blackbushe Airport. Yateley is some 35 miles (56 km) west-southwest of London and 10 miles (16 km) SE of Reading.[citation needed]

The Yateley Commons Country Park, with woodlands and heath, is linked by a path to nearby Castle Bottom nature reserve, linked by a trail that defines the westerly border of Yateley accessed via its residential area.[citation needed]

Yateley is on a gentle slope towards the Blackwater valley to the north.[citation needed]


St Peter's Church, Yateley

Yateley is a residential area with local businesses and light service industries. The B3272 Reading Road is the town's main business link, with numerous shops and other businesses located along this road. Yateley Green is a larger open area slightly to the west where there are tennis courts, a playground, Town Council offices and a community hall; it is the location for the annual May Fayre. Yateley United Football Club and Yateley Cricket Club is situated adjacent to the Blackwater Valley golf course, off Chandlers Lane.[citation needed]

The derelict public house "the Highwayman" (formerly Poets' Corner, formerly the Monteagle Arms, formerly The Lanes) was destroyed by fire in October 2015[6] and the site now has houses on it.


Yateley Football Club was established in 1927 for men's football. In 1967 Yateley Juniors FC was formed. In 2008 both clubs merged to form a single club called Yateley United FC. Yateley United will play in the Hellenic Football League Division 2 East for the 2019-20 season.[7]

Yateley Cricket Club (YCC) was established in 1881, originally playing at the Cricketers Pub on Cricket Hill, and then on “The Green” on the Reading Road. In 1999 YCC moved to a new purpose built ground and clubhouse at Sean Devereux Park. [8]


The name Yateley derives from the Middle English 'Yate' meaning 'Gate'[9] (into Windsor Forest)[10] and 'Lea' which was a 'forest clearing'. Although in historic records, variations of the spelling include Hyatele, Yateleghe, Yatche, Yatelighe, Yeatley, Yeateley and Yatelegh.[11] The town's logo is a three-barred gate with the keys of Saint Peter (the church dedication) and the Tudor rose of Hampshire. The parish was originally much larger, covering both Blackwater and Hawley.[citation needed]

Yateley Hall in the town dates from the 13th century, the town itself was believed to be mentioned in the Domesday Book of 1086 as Effelle however in 1982 the translation was updated to Heckfield, which is now the agreed Domesday "Effelle".[12] In the early 17th century, Monteagle Farm was one of the minor properties of the 'discoverer' of the Gunpowder Plot, Lord Monteagle. A tradition has grown up that some of the first plans for the plot were put together there, but this is highly unlikely. However, roads of the residential area around Monteagle Lane have been named after some of the conspirators in memory of the connection.[citation needed]

Through the next few centuries, Yateley developed into a coaching hub between London and Reading.[citation needed][nowhere near the route] Local legend has it that the curate of Yateley, named Parson Darby, was a highwayman who used the Reading Road as his main stamping ground.[10] Darby Green, where he was hanged, is named after him. The "beast" of Yateley Morris Men is a hooden horse wearing a highwayman's disguise, in memory of Parson Darby.[citation needed]

The Yateley Society is a registered charity, one aim of which is to research and provide information to the public on the history, natural history, architecture and geography of Yateley.[citation needed]


Yateley School

Yateley School in School Lane and Frogmore Community College on the Potley Hill Road are both comprehensive secondary schools. They also both have leisure centres, and Yateley School has a Sixth Form.[citation needed]

Following the closure and amalgamation of St Peter's Church of England Junior School and Yateley Infant School, a new primary school opened in September 2010. Named Cranford Park CE Primary School.[13] and catering for around 200 pupils, the new school moved into state of the art facilities on Cranford Park Drive in September 2011.[citation needed]

Other schools in Yateley are Westfields Infant and Junior Schools in School Lane with a total of about 630 students, Potley Hill Primary School, located next to Frogmore Community College, which caters for 300 students and Newlands Primary School, in Dungells Lane, with around 200.[citation needed]

Yateley Manor School is an independent school catering for around 500 pupils aged 3 to 13.[14] The majority of pupils from this school go on to Lord Wandsworth College, Wellington College, Berkshire or Farnborough Hill. The school is active in sport and is a very active supporter of chess. In 2008 it became the new sponsor of the National Schools Chess Championships.[15]

The nearest university is the University of Reading, with its main Whiteknights campus about 14 km to the north-west of Yateley.[citation needed]

Notable peopleEdit

  • Singer Alexa Goddard received secondary education at Yateley School, during her emergence of becoming a singer.
  • Flora Thompson, author of the trilogy of novels 'Lark Rise to Candleford' is recorded in the 1901 Census as living and working in the Yateley Post Office. These books have since been adapted for television by the BBC.
  • Sonny Black a leading UK acoustic guitarist also lives in Yateley.
  • Contemporary artist James Robert Ford grew up in Yateley and attended Yateley School. A number of his projects, including House Gymnastics, General Carbuncle,[16] and 33 Things to do before you're 10,[17] have taken place in Yateley.
  • Chris Benham, a Hampshire cricketer, grew up in Yateley and attended Yateley School.
  • Author Danny King grew up in Yateley and attended Yateley School.
  • Sean Devereux, a charity worker in Somalia, came from Yateley. He was assassinated and Sean Devereux Park is named after him.
  • The body of missing schoolgirl Amanda Dowler was found in woodland close by on 18 September 2002
  • David Copeland, known as the "London Nailbomber" after a 13-day bombing campaign in April 1999 aimed at London's black, Asian, and gay communities, grew up in Yateley, though resided in nearby Cove in Farnborough at the time of the attack.
  • Robert Morgan, stop-motion animation filmmaker, grew up here.
  • Jed Wallace, a professional footballer playing for Millwall F.C. who received secondary education at Frogmore Community College, during his emergence of becoming a footballer.


  1. ^ "2011 Census - ONS". Retrieved 8 January 2016.
  2. ^ Yateley Town Council
  3. ^ Quality Council Award
  4. ^ "Hart in Hampshire named as UK's most desirable place". BBC News. 24 December 2011.
  5. ^ "UK's 'most desirable' postcodes revealed". BBC News.
  6. ^ Amani Hughes-HAMP (17 October 2015). "Eyewitness to Yateley derelict pub fire describes seeing 'loads of smoke'". gethampshire. Retrieved 8 January 2016.
  7. ^ "History Of Yateley United FC". 2018.
  8. ^ "Yateley Cricket Club History". YCC. Retrieved 12 September 2017.
  9. ^ Whiston, White, Robson Baker and Leigh, and Brown (Editors) (1847). Archaeologia: Or, Miscellaneous Tracts, Relating to Antiquity.., Volume 32 (1 ed.). Society of Antiquaries of London. p. 183. ISBN 9780002613408.CS1 maint: multiple names: authors list (link) CS1 maint: extra text: authors list (link)
  10. ^ a b Berkshire Federation of Women's Institutes (Editors) (1985). New Berkshire Village Book (1 ed.). Countryside Books. p. 1. ISBN 9780905392424.CS1 maint: extra text: authors list (link)
  11. ^ 'Cove - Old and New' by Maye Watson and L. F. Callingham (circa. 1925) Page 45
  13. ^ "Welcome to the Frontpage". Retrieved 8 January 2016.
  14. ^ "Yateley Manor - Home". Retrieved 8 January 2016.
  15. ^ " domain names for charities". Retrieved 8 January 2016.
  16. ^ "General Carbuncle". James R Ford. Retrieved 8 January 2016.
  17. ^ "33 things to do before you're 10". James R Ford. Retrieved 8 January 2016.

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