infobox UK place
country = England
population= 1,248 (Parish, 2001)
region= South East England
postcode_district = RG23
Sulhamstead is a
village, electoral district (ward) and civil parishin Berkshire, England. It lies off the A4 national route between Reading and Thatcham, some 74 km (46 miles) west of central London.
It is located at gbmapping|SU632687, in the district of
West Berkshire. Prior to 1782, the area consisted of two ecclesiastical parishes, Sulhamstead Abbots and Sulhamstead Bannister, based on the ancient manors. There are three centres of population in Sulhamstead. The greatest number of houses stand on Sulhamstead Hill which runs from the top of the hill by Ufton Church down to the water meadows by the Kennet and the Bath Road (A4). The other two centres are Sulhamstead Abbots and Sulhamstead Bannister with other residences scattered about the parish. Sulhamstead Abbots Church, to the south, is now the parish church. Sulhamstead Bannister consists of a number of detached regions, one near Grazeley. The core of its village was around the old demolished church, where the inventor Samuel Morland's father was once the vicar.
Currently, Sulhamstead is partly in the Newbury constituency for House of Commons
general elections, however the Boundary Commission has recommended that it be moved completely into the Wokingham constituency to bring the size of the electorate of Newbury closer to the national average.
When pronouncing or writing the name, there is no 'p' in the centre of the name. It is pronounced 'Sulham-stead'.
Buildings and structures
Sulhamstead House, commonly known as the White House, was the manor house of Sulhamstead Abbots. It was built by Daniel May, son of the
Basingstokebrewer, Charles May, in 1744. His sister's descendants, the Thoyts family, resided there for many years. The house was largely rebuilt in 1800 for William Thoyts, the High Sheriff of Berkshire. It was the childhood home of his great granddaughter, the famous Berkshire historianand palaeographyexpert, Emma Elizabeth Thoyts(1860–1949).cite web | last = Ford | first = David Nash | title = Sulhamstead House | work = May Family History | url = http://www.mayfamilyhistory.co.uk/places/sulhse_eet.html | accessdate = 2006-09-16] In 1949, the house became the headquartersof the Berkshire Constabulary. Since the merger of the local county forces to form the Thames Valley Police, it has functioned as that force's training centre and houses the Thames Valley Police Museum. It is a Grade II listed building. [cite web | title=Thames Valley Police Training College (Sulhamstead House) | work=Images of England | url=http://www.imagesofengland.org.uk/search/details.aspx?id=40018 | accessdate=2006-09-16]
The church of St Mary (formerly St Bartholomew) dates from the 13th century and is Grade I listed. [cite web | title=Church Of St. Mary | work=Images of England | url=http://www.imagesofengland.org.uk/search/details.aspx?id=40022 | accessdate=2006-09-16]
Sulhamstead is the location of Folly Farm, a 17th century
farm housetransformed, in 1906, by Edwin Lutyensinto a fine country housefor H H Cochrane. It was extended, again by Lutyens, for Zachery Merton, six years later. The whole building is considered the high point of his architectural career. Lutyens also collaborated with Gertrude Jekyllin one of their most complex garden designs, said to be the finest example for that period of an English country garden.
The village hall for Sulhamstead and Ufton is situated halfway down Sulhamstead Hill. It was built in 1927 and has been recently refurbished.
Close to the village is
Tyle Milland Tyle Mill Lockon the Kennet & Avon Canal, where there is a wharf, lock and swing bridge. The world-renowned singer and musician Kate Bushresides close to the mill.
List of places in Berkshire
List of civil parishes in Berkshire
wing bridge gallery
* [http://www.berkshirehistory.com/villages/sulhamstead.html Royal Berkshire History: Sulhamstead]
* [http://www.mayfamilyhistory.co.uk/places/sulhse_eet.html May Family History: Sulhamstead House]
* [http://www.thamesvalley.police.uk/news_info/info/museum/sulhamstead.htm Thames Valley Police: Sulhamstead House]
* [http://www.berkshirehistory.com/castles/folly_farm.html Royal Berkshire History: Folly Farm]
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