Hempstead in Essex
Resting place of William Harvey and Sir Eliab Harvey and birthplace of Dick Turpin

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Welcome to Hempstead


Hempstead is a vibrant village and we hope you will find activities and interests that please you and which you want to join in. There is much to choose from and we communicate with everyone in several ways:


In brief, Hempstead has been populated since Saxon times and has had some famous residents in William Harvey, Sir Eliab Harvey and, of course, Dick Turpin. There are approximately 440 residents today.


There is something for everyone:

  • Keep Fit Club – weekly meetings
  • Cubs – weekly meetings in term time
  • Dramatic Society – puts on one production a year
  • Village Hall – available for hire and events
  • The Parish Council sits regularly throughout the year and holds an Annual Assembly in May to which every resident is encouraged to attend and make an active contribution.

In general, we believe in keeping the village rural in style but safe and maintained and aim to encourage good neighbourliness generally and promote consideration for others by not parking on the road blocking visibility for others. This is a ‘dark’ village without street lights, and we wish to remain so, to protect the rural nature of Hempstead.

A Defibrillator is on the wall at the front door of the Village Hall, and a Voluntary Emergency Telephone System (VETS) is available and operated by village residents.

Ultrafast broadband is available through County Broadband: https://countybroadband.co.uk/ Please enjoy exercising your dog/horse on the many available footpaths and bridleways, but we respectfully ask that you keep dogs on the lead on cultivated fields and use the ‘dog bins’ provided.

We hope you settle in well and look forward to meeting you in and around the village.

Kind regards
The Parish Council