Ham, Wiltshire

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Grid reference: SU330629
Location: 51°21’51"N, 1°31’39"W
Post town: Marlborough
Postcode: SN8
Dialling code: 01488
Local Government
Council: Wiltshire

Ham is a village and parish in eastern Wiltshire, adjacent to the border with Berkshire. A small place, in the 2001 Census the parish had a population of 152. Along with adjacent Buttermere, the parish is almost cut off from the rest of Wiltshire by Oxenwood - the long finger of Berkshire that protrudes into Wiltshire to the west.

Ham has a pub, the Crown and Anchor, which also houses the Indigo Palace Indian Restaurant. The village hall is available for hire, and until May 2007 was used on most days of the week as a pre-school.

Nearby villages include Shalbourne, Buttermere, Inkpen, Combe. The nearby town is Hungerford in Berkshire, and further afield in Wiltshire is Marlborough.

Nearby Ham Hill has been designated a biological Site of Special Scientific Interest.

Ham Spray

Ham Spray is a hamlet close to Ham, bordering Hampshire. It is a mile to the east of the main village; a scattering of cottages in the wood. Here too stands Ham Spray House, a grand country house, once home to Lytton Strachey and others of the Bloomsbury Group.

The Bloomsbury Group

Stracey (reading) with Ralph and Dora Partridge

In 1922, Lytton Strachey and Ralph Partridge, both members of the Bloomsbury group, bought Ham Spray House, and several of that group and other writers and artists spent time there from then until Ralph died in 1960, including Strachey himself (1880–1932; a writer and biographer), Dora Carrington (1893–1932; painter and decorative artist, who married Ralph) and Frances Partridge (1900–2004; a writer and diarist). The life at Ham Spray House was portrayed in the film "Carrington".


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