Ellisfield shown within Hampshire
|District||Basingstoke & Deane|
|Sovereign state||United Kingdom|
|EU Parliament||South East England|
|UK Parliament||North East Hampshire|
Ellisfield is a small, rural village in Hampshire, England, approximately 5 miles south-east of Basingstoke town centre on the other side of the M3 motorway from the town. As a parish it is grouped together with Cliddesden, Dummer and Farleigh Wallop.
The name Ellisfield derives from the Old English word ‘ielfsanfeld’ meaning ‘open land of Iellfsa’. At the time of the Domesday Survey (1086) Ellisfield was part of the estate of the Bishop of Bayeux. It was held by Hugh de Port and later the St Johns. The manor was held by a favourite of Henry VIII, Sir William Sandys, in 1496. He later became Lord Chancellor and was created Baron Sandys. In 1657, the fifth Lord Sandys served with Charles I at the Battle of Cheriton. The property was sold and divided, to be reformed in 1789 by John Wallop, Earl of Portsmouth.
Ellisfield has a population of approximately 200 people.
There is a pub, The Fox, and a church, St Martin's, which has 13th Century origins. There is no school or local shop, with primary age children being educated usually in either Preston Candover or Cliddesden village schools. There are 12 listed properties in the village including the church which is Grade-II* listed meaning it is regarded as being of national importance.
Part of Ellisfield has been designated as a conservation area by Basingstoke & Deane Borough Council. The Conservation Area comprises four of the settlements that lead to the creation of the village: Merritt’s Farm, Ellisfield Manor, The Old Manor and Ellisfield Green. All are joined by a series of lanes running east/west, linking the A339 with the B3046. Part of this route formed the Harrow Way, an ancient trackway across Southern England from Dover to Stonehenge and then Cornwall. The remainder of the village lies outside the Conservation Area, further south along Green Lane, College Lane and Axford Road.
Affordable housing has been built outside of the conservation area at Farrier's Field on land donated by the Earl of Portsmouth (who owns the Farleigh Estate).
- In 1871 the population was 245 .William White (1878) History, Gazetter and Directory of the County of Hampshire. p225
- Tom Kime Aelle's Field: A History of Ellisfield Village Church (Available from the church)
|Wikimedia Commons has media related to Ellisfield.|
- Ellisfield Village Community Website
- Ellisfield Parish Council website
- Hampshire Treasures Volume 2 (Basingstoke and Deane) pages 111, 113, 114, and 115,
- The History of St Martin's Church, Ellisfield
- Stained Glass Windows at St. Martin Ellisfield, Hampshire
- Ellisfield Conservation Area
- Ellisfield Off Road Cycle Trail