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.

Presentation of the Church Record of St. Andrew’s Church

Presentation of the Church Record of St. Andrew’s Church

Rosanne Kirkpatrick's remarks at the presentation of the Church Record of St Andrew's Church, Hempstead: "I have the result of many hours' work by the Saffron Walden branch of NADFAS (National Association of Decorative & Fine Arts Societies) Church Recorders. We have described, measured and photographed everything we could find and visited the ...
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Upcoming Local Events

Upcoming events in and around Hempstead.

Puppy Training
Thu 02 Oct
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Hatha Yoga
Mon 06 Oct
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Ladies Keep Fit
Tue 07 Oct
Ladies Keep Fit -
1st Radwinter Cubs
Wed 08 Oct
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Black Bin Day
Thu 09 Oct
Black Bin Day
Puppy Training
Thu 09 Oct
Puppy Training -
Hatha Yoga
Mon 13 Oct
Hatha Yoga -
Ladies Keep Fit
Tue 14 Oct
Ladies Keep Fit -
1st Radwinter Cubs
Wed 15 Oct
1st Radwinter Cubs -
Green Bin Day
Thu 16 Oct
Green Bin Day
Puppy Training
Thu 16 Oct
Puppy Training -
Hatha Yoga
Mon 20 Oct
Hatha Yoga -