Old Basing

Old Basing

The Street, Old Basing
Old Basing
 Old Basing shown within Hampshire
Population 7,232 
OS grid referenceSU664528
    London  49.6 miles (79.8 km) 
Civil parishOld Basing and Lychpit
DistrictBasingstoke and Deane
Shire countyHampshire
RegionSouth East
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Post town Basingstoke
Postcode district RG24
Dialling code 01256
Police Hampshire
Fire Hampshire
Ambulance South Central
EU Parliament South East England
UK ParliamentBasingstoke
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Coordinates: 51°16′13″N 1°02′50″W / 51.2704°N 1.0473°W / 51.2704; -1.0473

Old Basing is a village in the English county of Hampshire. It is situated just to the east of Basingstoke, and in the 2001 census had a population of 7,232. Its former name is Basing (which several neighbouring village signs highlight).


Old Basing was first settled around 700 by an Anglo-Saxon tribe known as the Basingas, who gave the village its name (the meaning being "Basa's people").[1] It was the site of the Battle of Basing on 22 January 871, when a Danish army defeated Ethelred of Wessex. It is also mentioned in the Domesday Book of 1086.

The centre of the village, The Street, contains many old houses, and St Mary's Church. The River Loddon, whose source is in Worting to the west of Basingstoke, flows through the village, which is perhaps best known for the ruins of Basing House which was built between 1532 and 1561 on the site of a Norman castle. It was the home of the Marquesses of Winchester for several generations before being destroyed after a 24-week siege during the English Civil War.

Many names in modern Old Basing allude to the war, such as Cavalier Road and Musket Copse, as well as several sites named after Oliver Cromwell including Oliver's Battery, Cromwell Cottage and Oliver's, an award-winning fish and chip takeaway and restaurant.

The route of the former Basingstoke Canal also ran around Basing House and then through and around parts of Old Basing.


The village of Old Basing is part of the civil parish of Old Basing and Lychpit[2] and is part of the Basing ward of Basingstoke and Deane borough council.[3] The borough council is a Non-metropolitan district of Hampshire County Council.

Old Basing elects three councillors to Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council and is part of the Basingstoke constituency in elections to Parliament.

The current Member of Parliament for Basingstoke is Maria Miller (Conservative) and the current councillors are Onnalee Cubitt ([Independent), Stephen Marks (Conservative) and Sven Godesen (Conservative).

Entrance gate to the Basing House ruins, Old Basing.


Old Basing provides both an infant school and a junior school. The junior school, named St Mary's, is aided by the Church of England. A new primary school has recently opened in nearby Lychpit. Children from Old Basing proceed to a variety of secondary schools in the Basingstoke area. The senior schools include Costello and a catholic school called Bishop Challoner.


Basing Rovers F.C. is the local football team, founded in 1886. The Recreation Ground in Old Basing plays host to a variety of sporting events as well as the Old Basing Carnival. There are rugby union and football pitches which overlap a cricket ground in addition to five tennis courts (of which one is free), an archery area and a lawn bowling green.


Edward Lear makes reference to Old Basing in his A Book of Nonsense:[4]

"There was an Old Person of Basing,
Whose presence of mind was amazing;
He purchased a steed,
Which he rode at full speed,
And escaped from the people of Basing."



  1. Ekwall, E. (1940). The Concise Dictionary of English Place-names (2nd ed.). Oxford: Clarendon Press. p. 28.
  2. "Hampshire County Council's legal record of public rights of way in Hampshire" (PDF). 2008. Retrieved 28 October 2010.
  3. "Basingstoke and Deane Wards info". 2010. Retrieved 28 October 2010.
  4. Lear, Edward (1846). A Book of Nonsense. London: Thomas McLean.
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