Post office and store at Bashley
Bashley shown within Hampshire
|OS grid reference|
|Civil parish||New Milton|
|Sovereign state||United Kingdom|
|Post town||New Milton|
|EU Parliament||South East England|
|UK Parliament||New Forest West|
The history of Bashley can be traced to the Anglo-Saxon period. The earliest mention of Bashley is recorded in a charter belonging to Christchurch Priory where reference is made to an estate called Bagesluceleia for the year 1053. The name means "wood/clearing of Baegloc." This uncommon name was borne by an 8th-century abbot.
In the time of the Domesday Book, 1086, the settlement was known as Bailocheslei, and was held in chief by Alsi the priest, who held it from the king. Alsi was entitled to the profits of "half a mill" amounting to 3 shillings.
Soon afterwards Bashley was acquired by Christchurch Priory. A chapel is recorded in Bashley as early as the 13th century. Until the Dissolution of the monasteries under Henry VIII, Bashley belonged to the Priory, although it was usually administered as part of the priory's Somerford estate. In 1262 William Boscher had held land in Bashley from Christchurch Manor, and in 1315 Robert Boscher died possessed of Bashley Manor. The priory still owned part of the original estate in 1384, when it received a grant of free warren there. This land seems to have been absorbed into their manor of Somerford; it is included in an account of the manor in 1628, and sixty years later there is mention of a copse at Bashley belonging to the manor. Bashley Common was inclosed in 1817.
Things of interest
The centre of community life for the village is the Bashley Village Hall, which was built in 1946. In 1948 an additional 3.5 acres (1.4 ha) were purchased "to enhance the life of the inhabitants of Bashley," and a lease was granted to Bashley Football Club to use the grounds. In the 1994–95 season, Bashley Football Club reached the Second Round proper of the FA Cup, and were hosts to Swansea City to whom they narrowly lost 1–0. Bashley Village Hall is also home to a popular flower show held annually.
In 1979 Bashley Cricket Club moved to its present ground at Bashley, having previously played cricket in the Bournemouth area. The village church is dedicated to Saint John, and is a daughter church of St. Mary Magdalene in New Milton.
At the north end of the village is the hamlet of Wootton. The pub at Wootton is The Rising Sun, which has been on its present site for over two hundred years. To the east of Bashley flows the Danes Stream. The name derives from the Saxon word "denu", meaning "stream". Victorian romantics were so convinced that there must have been a battle involving the Danes (Vikings) here, that old Ordnance Survey maps actually marked a site of a battle at Bashley. To the west of Bashley is the settlement of Ossemsley.
- A. T. Lloyd, J. E. S. Brooks, (1996), The History of New Milton and its Surrounding Area, Centenary Edition, page 14
- Old Hampshire Gazetteer
- Domesday Map - Bashley
- William Page (editor), 1912, A History of the County of Hampshire: Volume 5, Victoria County History
- A. T. Lloyd, J. E. S. Brooks, (1996), The History of New Milton and its Surrounding Area, Centenary Edition, page 21
- A. T. Lloyd, J. E. S. Brooks, (1996), The History of New Milton and its Surrounding Area, Centenary Edition, page 109
- Bashley Football Club First Team Fixtures and Results 1994/95
- A. T. Lloyd, J. E. S. Brooks, (1996), The History of New Milton and its Surrounding Area, Centenary Edition, page 62
- The Rising Sun, Bashley, New Milton
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