Upton Grey

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Upton Grey
St Mary's Upton Grey - geograph.org.uk - 281636.jpg
St Mary's church
Upton Grey is located in Hampshire
Upton Grey
Upton Grey
 Upton Grey shown within Hampshire
OS grid reference SU6986748182
Civil parish Upton Grey
District Basingstoke and Deane
Shire county Hampshire
Region South East
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Post town Basingstoke
Postcode district RG25 2
Dialling code 01256
Police Hampshire
Fire Hampshire
Ambulance South Central
EU Parliament South East England
UK Parliament North East Hampshire
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Upton Grey is a village and civil parish in Hampshire, England.


Roman times

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

Norman times

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 times

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 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.[1]


Manor House

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 House

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.[2] It was the childhood home of George Sclater-Booth, 1st Baron Basing and his brother, the naturalist Philip Sclater.


The village of Upton Grey is part of the civil parish of Upton Grey,[3] and is part of the Upton Grey and the Candovers ward of Basingstoke and Deane borough council.[4] 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 amenities

There are various amenities in the village. These include the Upton Grey Shop and Post Office, 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 reading

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


  1. 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.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  2. Property details http://search.knightfrank.com/cho100437
  3. "Hampshire County Council's legal record of public rights of way in Hampshire" (PDF). 2008. Retrieved 26 October 2010.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  4. "Basingstoke and Deane Wards info". 2010. Retrieved 26 October 2010.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>

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