People have been living and working in Ashampstead for over 6000 years and originally, together with Upper Basildon, would possibly have been part of a large Saxon estate. The varying natural resources of each area provided the estate with community needs. During that period, Ashampstead may well have been called 'Assedone' meaning a 'hill covered in ash trees'.
We are a friendly, vibrant, rural community of approximately 400 residents located in particularly beautiful countryside with access to many miles of woodland and open Downs walks. Ashampstead’s peace and tranquillity are its principle attraction, but so is its sense of community.
Like many rural communities, Ashampstead does not have a pub, but our resourceful locals got together to create the Ashampstead Arms – a monthly pub night run by volunteers and usually held on the first Saturday in every month at the Village Hall. Why not come along for a drink and chat!
Throughout the year we have a number of village events and plan to have a lot more.
The village has a beautiful 12th century church – St.Clement’s, a Victorian village hall available for hire, a large recreational ground and a popular farm shop – Casey Fields and Vicar’s Game - where excellent fresh produce can be bought, including quality meats, fish, eggs, vegetables and also has a welcoming café.