When I lived in this part of the world as a kid, Kingsclere was never a destination. For those familiar with the area, anything north of Popley was for me effectively "up north". So Tadley, Aldermaston and Kingsclere were a different world (and forget about Newbury). Since my sister moved to Kingsclere and it has become a regular destination for us it has really grown on me. Kingsclere is a small village of 3000 people, borders Watership Down, has 3 pubs and is really quite picturesque. Andrew Lloyd Weber lives here, as do a few other British "celebrities".

 St Mary's weathervane

St Mary's weathervane

We stuck our heads into the local church which was built established around 1000 AD to have a nose (or "nebb" in Pittsburghese) which was full of interesting items and information. The roll call of vicars and reverends from the churches inception, the 15th century tomb of the a local dignitary (Sir Kingsmill) and the strange vaulted ceiling where all interesting. One odd and somehow typically British snippet I found out about the church is that it has a really unusual weathervane (see picture on the right). Allegedly, King John (the bad guy in Robin Hood) stayed at a local Inn in the village around 1200 on his way to one of his lodges. During the night he was so bothered by the bedbugs in his bed that he decreed that the church should forever place a bedbug on the top of the church to represent the "creature which disturbed his sleep". Certainly its different from the usual poultry or directional weathervanes normally seen atop a church spire. 

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