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.

Bluebell II

Bluebell II

What a great afternoon and evening we had in the Village Hall on October 9th 2021. Bluebell 2 returned and was again a fantastic success, with probably 60 or so villagers coming along for glass of something and some of Mr Boreham's famous roast potatoes. But more importantly catching up with others that they've not seen for a while. For those that ...
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Upcoming Local Events

Upcoming events in and around Hempstead.

Black Bin Day
Thu 26 Sep
Black Bin Day
Puppy Training
Thu 26 Sep
Puppy Training -
Hatha Yoga
Mon 30 Sep
Hatha Yoga -
Ladies Keep Fit
Tue 01 Oct
Ladies Keep Fit -
1st Radwinter Cubs
Wed 02 Oct
1st Radwinter Cubs -
Green Bin Day
Thu 03 Oct
Green Bin Day
Puppy Training
Thu 03 Oct
Puppy Training -
Hatha Yoga
Mon 07 Oct
Hatha Yoga -
Ladies Keep Fit
Tue 08 Oct
Ladies Keep Fit -
1st Radwinter Cubs
Wed 09 Oct
1st Radwinter Cubs -
Black Bin Day
Thu 10 Oct
Black Bin Day
Puppy Training
Thu 10 Oct
Puppy Training -

Latest Parish Documents

Latest documents from Hempstead Parish Council 

Parish Council Minutes 1st October 2020

Parish Council Minutes 3rd September 2020