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

Welcome to Hempstead!

The small village of Hempstead lies 6 miles east of Saffron Walden in the rolling hills of North-west Essex and part of Uttlesford District. Whilst it only has about 175 properties and a population of around 450, it sports some fascinating history beyond its size. Much has happened since it was called Hamsteda at the time of the Doomsday Book when there were 10 times more pigs than people.

The Highwayman Dick Turpin, born in the village pub, the Bell Inn as it was in 1705 and worked in his father’s butcher’s shop before becoming notorious and eventually hanged in York in 1734.

In St. Andrew’s church at the top of the hill lies the tomb of William Harvey 1578-1657, who discovered the circulation of blood in the human body which changed the medical world completely

Latest News

What’s happening in Hempstead.

Strawberry Tea Party

Strawberry Tea Party

This is your last chance to book for Julie Jarman’s Tea Party in the garden. The venue is Old Quail Farm and the date is Wednesday 7th June at 2pm. Adults of any age are welcome to come along to enjoy Julie’s beautiful garden and chat with friends over tea and cake. Booking is required please. Cake contributions and helpers on the day are welcomed too so please let Julie know if you can make a baking contribution or assist.
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Upcoming Local Events

Upcoming events in and around Hempstead.

Hatha Yoga
Mon 22 Jul
Hatha Yoga -
Ladies Keep Fit
Tue 23 Jul
Ladies Keep Fit -
1st Radwinter Cubs
Wed 24 Jul
1st Radwinter Cubs -
Green Bin Day
Thu 25 Jul
Green Bin Day
Puppy Training
Thu 25 Jul
Puppy Training -
Hatha Yoga
Mon 29 Jul
Hatha Yoga -
Ladies Keep Fit
Tue 30 Jul
Ladies Keep Fit -
1st Radwinter Cubs
Wed 31 Jul
1st Radwinter Cubs -
Black Bin Day
Thu 01 Aug
Black Bin Day
Puppy Training
Thu 01 Aug
Puppy Training -
Hatha Yoga
Mon 05 Aug
Hatha Yoga -
Ladies Keep Fit
Tue 06 Aug
Ladies Keep Fit -

Latest Parish Documents

Latest documents from Hempstead Parish Council 

Parish Council Minutes 13th January 2022

Parish Council Minutes 9th December 2021

Parish Council Minutes 11th November 2021

Parish Council Minutes 14th October 2021