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St Mary's Church, Lasham
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Lasham is a small village and civil parish in the East Hampshire district of Hampshire, England. It is 3.4 miles (5.5 km) northwest of Alton, east of the A339 road between Basingstoke and Alton. In the centre of the village is the church of St Mary (C of E) and a public house, the Royal Oak. The Bentworth Stream formerly ran through the village until its drainage in the latter half of the 20th century.
The nearest railway station is in Alton, 3.4 miles (5.5 km) southeast of the village. The nearest shop is Avenue Garden Centre on Avenue Road, which sells a wide range of goods and includes a restaurant. This is accessed from the village though Highfield Road to the northeast.
The entrance to a large country house, Lasham House, is just to the south of the pond. The centre of the village retains much of its original character, with thatched cottages and other traditional village buildings. Many houses in the village have been modernised and extended. Examples include the Old Post Office near the church, and Pear Tree Cottage, which used to be the home of the blacksmith. In the grounds of Pear Tree Cottage stands an 18th-century building that housed a forge and the blacksmith's shop.
Lasham Airfield was constructed in 1942 on high ground north of the village. An avenue of beech trees that was originally planted by George Jervoise in 1809 was partially cut down to make way for the north side of the airfield, and the road running east–west just north of the airfield is still called "Avenue Road".
The Basingstoke–Alton road used to pass through Lasham village but as the land to the north was needed for the west end of the main runway, the road between the Avenue and Lasham village was diverted to the west on lower ground and now by-passes the village, passing between Lasham and Bentworth just west of the old railway station. This road was made of large concrete "sets" and was built by Italian prisoners of war who were housed in a camp at Thedden Grange southwest of Bentworth.
The airfield is now a major centre for the sport of gliding and is owned by Lasham Gliding Society, which bought the land from the Ministry of Defence. The airfield is also used by a company called ATC Lasham Ltd, which services airliners, mainly made by Boeing, in hangars on the south side of the main runway. ATC Lasham is a major employer in the area.
Humbly Grove Oil Field and Gas Storage
The Humbly Grove oil field, north and east of the airfield, was discovered in 1980 and production began in 1984, with up to 1000 barrels a day of crude oil being piped to the terminal at Holybourne, near Alton. In 1995 the oil field was developed into an underground gas storage facility, with a gas pipeline linking it to the national gas grid at Barton Stacey. The replenished gas cap on the oil field increased the pressure on the remaining oil, boosting production and increasing the lifetime of the extraction.
This is a small group of business units on the road running north east from the church to Avenue Road, just outside the houses of the village proper.
The church of St Mary, Lasham (CofE), was constructed in 1866 on the site of an older church, some of which went back to Saxon times.
The current Lasham parish boundary  is Avenue Road
Previously, for some 200 years, Lasham was part of the Herriard Park estate  (which still exists today to the north of the parish). The villages of Herriard and Lasham used to have the same rector, the rectory being in Lasham. Today Lasham is part of a larger CofE benefice which includes the villages of Bentworth, Lasham, Medstead and Shalden, the Rector living in Bentworth.
Avenue Road. An avenue of beech trees was planted in 1809 by George Purefoy Jervoise MP, to commemorate the golden jubilee of King George III in 1810. The original avenue was one mile long but in 1942 when Lasham Airfield was constructed, some of the avenue was cut down. When the plans became known, Sir George Jeffreys MP wrote a letter of objection which was published in the London Times newspaper on 7 October 1941. The Jervoise family continue to own the land to the north of the airfield today.
Today, the A339 Alton-Basingstoke road runs to the west of the village and the B3349 Alton-Odiham road to the east. Avenue Road, mentioned above and running on the north side of Lasham Airfield, connects the A339 to the B3349 at the Golden Pot public house at the top of the hill between Alton and Odiham. 
Lasham and surrounding villages
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- Hampshire County Council site for Lasham
- Listed Buildings in Lasham, Hampshire, England
- Stained Glass Windows at St. Mary, Lasham, Hampshire