HAMPTON LUCY VILLAGE
Hampton Lucy is a delightful village, situated midway between Stratford-upon-Avon and Warwick, in a quiet and rural corner of Warwickshire. It derives its name from the Lucy family, a family tracing its origins back to Norman times, who owned the adjoining Charlecote Park. The village formed part of that estate until the early 20th Century.
You enter the village across a fine, very early cast-iron bridge over the River Avon, and immediately see the magnificent church of St Peter ad Vincula. Close by the old bridge is a Grade 2 Listed 200 year-old commercially-operated watermill – Charlecote Mill, producing stone-ground wholemeal and white flour from locally sourced wheat. There is a thriving Church of England Primary School and Nursery, a welcoming village pub – the Boars Head, and an early 20th Century village hall, complete with a small proscenium stage. Several farms surround the village, the nearest and probably the largest being owned by the salad growing company, ‘Valefresco Ltd’. The business partners intensively cultivate much of the surrounding farmland, and give valuable support to the village and its activities.
The village displays a wide variety of architectural styles – thatched half-timbered cottages, redbrick terraced cottages, a fine 18th Century rectory, and modern houses. It has slowly grown and evolved over the centuries, and continues to do with the recent addition of ‘Hampton Manor’ in 2015, a relatively small development of private and ‘affordable homes’ on the northwest side of the village.
Although it is a small community, there is an active Parish Council.
Along with local news and reports, the local parish newsletter, ‘The Grapevine’, publishes a monthly programme of meetings of local groups and organisations, and the wide variety of events staged throughout the year illustrates the range of activities available within the area.