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Beech Hill
St.Mary the Virgin church Beech Hill Berkshire.jpg
St.Mary the Virgin Church
Area 4.70 km2 (1.81 sq mi)
Population 294 (2011 census)
• Density 63/km2 (160/sq mi)
OS grid reference SU696644
Civil parish
  • Beech Hill
Unitary authority
  • West Berkshire
Ceremonial county
Region
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Post town READING
Postcode district RG7
Dialling code 0118
Police Thames Valley
Fire Royal Berkshire
Ambulance South Central
EU Parliament South East England
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UK
England
Berkshire
51°22′27″N 0°59′57″W / 51.3743°N 0.9992°W / 51.3743; -0.9992Coordinates: 51°22′27″N 0°59′57″W / 51.3743°N 0.9992°W / 51.3743; -0.9992

Beech Hill is a small village and civil parish in Berkshire, England. It is in the south east of the West Berkshire district (a unitary authority) and bounds Hampshire and Wokingham district.

Geography

Beech Hill has a site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) just to the south east of the village, called Stanford End Mill and River Loddon

History

The Camlet Way - the Roman Road which runs south-west from Verulamium (St. Albans) - joins the Devil's Highway at Fair Cross on Beech Hill's southern border and continues on westward to Calleva Atrebatum (Silchester). Beech Hill is a Norman name derived from the family of De La Beche, usually resident at Aldworth, but who also had a home at Beaumys Castle, just over the parish boundary in Swallowfield. On the Beech Hill side is 'The Priory', a 17th-century house on the site of Stratfield Saye Priory founded on the site of an old hermitage in 1170. It only lasted 200 years. Beech Hill House, of 1720, stands on the eastern side of the village and Trunkwell House on the west. Originally the Tudor home of the Noyes family, the current country house at Trunkwell was built in 1878 for a successful local business family and is now a well-known restaurant and conference venue. It is associated with the local pub, The Elm Tree Inn. The parish church (CofE) was built in 1867.

Demography

2011 Published Statistics: Population, home ownership and extracts from Physical Environment, surveyed in 2005
Output area Homes owned outright Owned with a loan Socially rented Privately rented Other km2 roads km2 water km2 domestic gardens Usual residents km2
Civil parish 48 41 15 22 1 0.1 0.02 0.1 294 4.70
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