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.

Speakeasy Night

Speakeasy Night

The evening of Saturday 14th October, from 7.30-10pm, is the chosen date for our second Pant Valley Speakeasy. Creating the ambience of the old music clubs from the 1920s-1950s with dim lights and small tables where friends gather and chat while live music plays beside you as background ambience. Roger Flaxman, ‘Flax the Sax’, will again play a wide ...
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Upcoming Local Events

Upcoming events in and around Hempstead.

Black Bin Day
Thu 11 Apr
Black Bin Day
Puppy Training
Thu 11 Apr
Puppy Training -
Hatha Yoga
Mon 15 Apr
Hatha Yoga -
Ladies Keep Fit
Tue 16 Apr
Ladies Keep Fit -
1st Radwinter Cubs
Wed 17 Apr
1st Radwinter Cubs -
Green Bin Day
Thu 18 Apr
Green Bin Day
Puppy Training
Thu 18 Apr
Puppy Training -
Hatha Yoga
Mon 22 Apr
Hatha Yoga -
Ladies Keep Fit
Tue 23 Apr
Ladies Keep Fit -
1st Radwinter Cubs
Wed 24 Apr
1st Radwinter Cubs -
Black Bin Day
Thu 25 Apr
Black Bin Day
Puppy Training
Thu 25 Apr
Puppy Training -

Latest Parish Documents

Latest documents from Hempstead Parish Council 

Parish Council Minutes 23rd February 2023

Extraordinary Meeting Minutes 2nd February 2023

Parish Council Minutes 12th January 2023